Mozambique needs US$125 billion for water sector

27 November 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 27 Nov – Mozambique needs US$125 million to reach it millennium development goals for the water sector, a source linked to the government department for planning and development told Macauhub.

The source also said that the government had just US$71 million and added that that amount would be used to build 71 pipe systems and over 9,000 new links to the water grid in urban areas and towns.

The Mozambican government, despite this constraint, has been investing heavily in the water sector and is benefitting from the involvement of Chinese companies.

The government social and economic plan for this year includes building 2,439 fountains in rural areas and refurbishment of a further 943, which are expected to benefit 1.2 million people, raising the coverage rate in rural areas to 55 percent of the population.

By the end of this year in urban areas over 215 links to the water system are due to have been carried out and, as a result, 3 million people will benefit in 25 cities and towns.

The current economic and social plan due to end on 31 December, includes recuperation of the water supply system on the Mueda plateau, in Cabo Delgado province, replacement of 11 systems in the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Manica, Sofala and Maputo, work to refurbish and expand ten systems in the provinces of Niassa, Cabo Delgado, Zambézia, Tete, Sofala, Gaza and Maputo and drawing up designs to refurbish seven systems in the provinces of Zambézia, Manica and Inhambane. (macauhub)