Mozambique looks into using Corumana dam to supply water to Maputo

15 December 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 Dec – The Mozambican Southern Regional Water Administration (ARA-Sul) in 2010 plans to launch a study to place sluices on the Corumana Dam and install a 100 kilometre pipe to supply water to Maputo.

According to Mozambican newspaper Noticias, this is an alternative solution for supplying water to the capital whilst construction of the Moamba Major Dam is not concluded.

The Director General of ARA-Sul, Olinda de Sousa said that the project to receive water from Corumana, located in Moamba district in the south of Maputo province, represented an investment of US$100 million.

According to de Sousa, negotiations are underway with the World Bank to secure funding for the project, which may be concluded within three years.

The Corumana and Moamba Major dams are considered to be essential to ensure water is supplied to the city of Maputo as well as to accommodate the development expected over the next 20 to 30 years.

As of 2011 Maputo and its outskirts are expected to require 91 million cubic metres of water per year.

Construction of Moamba Major should, in its turn, cost a little over US$500 million, which will be funded by loans currently being negotiated with private agencies. (macauhub)