Mozambique: Chinese company expands and refurbishes water supply system in Maputo

13 October 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 Oct – Chiense company China Matallurgical Construction Group – MCC has concluded its work on refurbishing and expanding the Mozambican capital’s water supply system, the spokesman for the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Joaquim Cossa told Macauhub.

The work, with a value of US$145 million, refurbished and expanded the capital’s water treatment facility, built five new storage tanks each with a capacity to store 35,000 cubic metres of water and rebuild and expand the tanks in the Maxaquene neighbourhood, on the outskirts of Maputo, adding 20,000 cubic metres to their capacity.

MCC also built three new pressure towers, with a total capacity of 1,100 cubic metres, refurbished and boosted 110 kilometres of distribution network, increased the network by 540 kilometres and opened 446 new water supply fountains and 50,000 new links to the network.

As a consequence of this project water production capacity was increased from 6,000 to 10,000, cubic metres per hour.

Around 1.5 million people, double the previous number, now have access to piped water in Maputo.

The Maputo government, by 2009, plans to provide water to 60 percent of Maputo’s population. Coverage currently stands at just 40 percent. Millennium Challenge targets include 70 percent coverage by 2015. (macauhub)