Mozambique: USAID and Coca-Cola take water supply to Chimoio

27 February 2009

Chimoio, Mozambique, 27 Feb – Residents of the city of Chimoio will have Access to drinking water due to funding of US$1.79 million from the Water and Development Alliance (WADA), a partnership between the US Development Agency (USAID) and Coca-Cola.

According to a statement from USAID published on its website, currently just 10 to 15 percent of the 250,000 residents of Chimoio, in Manica province, benefit from a regular supply of drinking water and WADA is proposing to provide water to 25,000 people, 2 schools, 1 provincial hospital, a secondary health facility and commercial and industrial users.

The statement from USAID said that although Coca-Cola is a long-standing partner, this will be the first time that the two have joined forces on a project in Mozambique, with Coca-Cola providing funding of US$1.29 million.

The funding will be used by WADA to rebuild the water treatment plant at TextAfrica, part of a former textile factory on the outskirts of Chimoio as well as other work in the city, such as building wells. (macauhub)