Maputo, Mozambique, 18 Jan – Construction of the water supply network in the the Mozambican cities of Chimoio and Manica and some towns close by using the Chicamba reservoir have been 50 percent concluded, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.
Citing Leogivildo Jate, the director of the Fund for Investment and water Supply Assets (FIPAG), for the Manica area, the paper said that construction work was practically concluded on the water treatment and pumping station built near the reservoir in Chicamba.
Amongst the work that has been concluded or is in its concluding stages, Jate also noted the 200 cubic metre tank in Manica, and the 500 cubic metre tanks in Messica and Bandula along with a 200 cubic metre tank in Gondola and a 10,000 cubic metre tank in the city of Chimoio.
By 10 March the process of construction of the distribution network is due for conclusion, as is the pipe between Chicamba and Chuimoio, which will be over 40 kilometres long.
The aim of the project is that by 2015 over 75 percent of the inhabitants in the three urban areas and other localities along the way have piped water 24 hours a day, as compared to current coverage of less than 15 percent for just 10 hours a day.
Work on the water supply network, which began in November 2007 and is due to be concluded in May, 2011, is expected to cost 31 million euros and is co-funded by the governments of Mozambique and the Netherlands. (macauhub)