Angolan Government invests US$ 120 million to ensure safe drinking water in rural areas

22 June 2009

Luanda, Angola, 22 Jun – the Angolan government expects to invest around US$120 this year under the scope of the “Water for All” program, the Secretary of State for Water, Luís Filipe da Silva said Sunday in Luanda, according to Angolan news agency, Angop.

With the US$120 million investment to be made in rural and peri-urban areas the figure would reach at least US$300 million this year, said the Secretary of State.

The governor, speaking outside the closing ceremony of Expo Zaragoza/2008 (Spain), said that the government would also be paying particular attention to certain of the country’s provincial capitals in a critical condition in terms of supply of safe drinking water, such as the towns of Lubango, Ondjiva and Namibe, amongst others.

Angola has a hydrographic network which includes 47 basins, a considerable water potential, which given the size and density of its population, the government was seeking to manage as a whole, with a sustainable and balanced long-term perspective, said the secretary of State.

He said that one of his sector’s concerns was “guaranteeing a certain balance between the availability and distribution of safe drinking water to the population.” (macauhub)