Maputo, Mozambique, 9 Dec – Construction work to repair and expand the dam that supplies water to the city of Nacala-Porto is due to begin in mid 2010, as part of a project funded by the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Mozambique, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.
According to the proposal for the construction project, the work, estimated to cost US$38 million, will include the repair of the dam wall, increasing its height and improving the sluices, along with other engineering works.
In terms of the expansion, a water treatment and collection plant will be built with capacity of 20,000 cubic metres, a duct for the distribution network, reservoirs and raised water storage tanks.
This project aims to increase the dam’s storage capacity and contribute to solving the chronic problem of a lack of water in the city.
As well as Nacala-Porto, the MCA also plans to refurbish the water supply system in the city of Nampula, capital of the province of the same name, and to the town of Monapo.
The MCA Mozambique is involved in various other sectors, particularly water and sanitation (US$203.6 million), computerising the national land registry (US$39.1 million) and agriculture (US$17 million). (macauhub)