Angolan government plans to sink 5,000 boreholes by 2010

5 November 2009

Luanda, Angola, 5 Nov – The Angolan authorities aim to drill 5,000 boreholes by 2010 to guarantee water supplies to 257 outlying urban areas in the country, an official said Wednesday.

State Secretary for Water Luis Filipe da Silva told state news agency Angop that the “Water for All” program has been running since 2007 and will primarily benefit the provinces of Namibe, Zaire, Moxico, Lunda Sul and Lunda Norte.

The main hurdle to starting the project, said the government official, is the lack of contractors with suitable drilling equipment and appropriate local knowledge. Many potential sites for boreholes also have damaged access roads, he added.

Use of underground streams is a viable option in the selected areas, said da Silva, as the water there is fit for human consumption without need for chemical treatment. The “Water for All” initiative has already built 76 boreholes while 54 are in construction and another 160 in preparation, said da Silva. (macauhub)