Drinking water to reach 70 percent of Mozambique’s urban population by 2015

30 June 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 30 June – Around 70 percent of the Mozambican population residing in towns and cities will have access to mains drinking water by 2015, the chairman of the The Mozambican Fund for Investment and Water Supply Assets (Fipag) said in Maputo.

Until 2007, for example, the rate of coverage was just 40 percent of the urban population.

The chairman of Fipag, Nelson Beete, was speaking in Maputo at the launch of a case study of Mozambique’s experience in managing urban water supply, 10 years after the country brought the private sector into the provision of this resource.

The study points to various improvements in water supply in the five cities managed by Águas de Moçambique (AdeM), specifically Maputo, Beira, Nampula, Pemba and Quelimane. Improvements include increasing the number of beneficiaries by around 35 percent between 2002 and 2007.

In terms of hours of water supply the cities of Beira and Quelimane have seen the greatest improvement, rising from nine hours per day to 24 hours in 2007.

Pemba and Nampula have seen the number hours when water is available rise from 17 to 22, whilst the country’s capital saw a rise from 12 to 14 hours per day.

Compared to other water networks, Beete said that Maputo’s was the largest and the one in which results are slowest to be felt. (macauhub)