Mozambican cities of Inhambane and Maxixe to have permanent drinking water supply

23 March 2010

Inhambane, Mozambique, 23 Mar – The cities of Inhambane and Maxixe will have a permanent 24-hour supply of potable water following completion of the project to restore and expand the respective systems, Mozambique’s Ministry of Public Works and Housing has indicated.

The work in both cities was finished in December 2009 and the projects should be officially inaugurated in the next few weeks, the Maputo-based newspaper Noticias reported.

The Inhambane and Maxixe projects represent an investment of 155 million meticais (US$5.5 million) co-financed by the Mozambican government and the African Development Bank, according to figures put forward when the initiative was launched.

In Maxixe city water was previously supplied only eight hours a day. The project’s main goal was to increase reserve capacity by building new tanks, restoring existing ones and enlarging the feeder pipe from the local distribution centre.

As a result of the investment, the system now covers about 60 percent of that city’s population, providing better quality water due to parallel efforts to modernize the catchment and purification system.

In Inhambane city, where citizens already enjoyed 24-hour potable water access, the project’s biggest impact has been to increase production capacity and coverage, now extended to about 70 percent of the resident population.