East Timor: Japan funds repairs of water supply network in Dili

27 May 2009

Dili, East Timor, 27 May – Japan has donated over US$7 million to East Timor to carry out repairs on the drinking water supply network in Dili and an agreement was signed to this end Tuesday at the Timorese Foreign Affairs Ministry.

The Japanese ambassador to East Timor, Iwao Kitahara, said that the pipe system had been “seriously damaged” since teh flood of 2005 and the donation from Japan would be used to repair both the system and the water treatment plant in Bemos.

The ambassador said that the water removed from the Bemos river accounted for just 35 percent of domestic water consumption in the city and adjacent districts.

Japan has so far donated US$35 million to the East Timor capital. (macauhub)