Netherlands and UNICEF fund water supply in Sofala, Mozambique

16 September 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 Sept – The governments of Mozambique and the Netherlands along with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are investing US$900,000 in drilling 151 boreholes in Mozambique’s Sofala povince, the provincial director for Public Works and Housing said.

Noting that the project would benefit 100,000 consumers in some of the province’s districts, Marcelo Amaro said that 86 boreholes had already been drilled and that water was drawn from them using small solar-powered systems.

The “One Million Initiative” which is programmed for the 2007-2013 period is considered by its mentors to be a success in terms of basic sanitation in Sofala province, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

In Búzi district, which is part of the project via the “Child-friendly Schools” project, financed by UNICEF, 21 fountains are projected to be opened by October.

In terms of the remaining districts of Sofala province covered by the “One Million Initiative” these are covered by the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (PARS), funded by the central government in partnership with Austria.

For that purpose, a tender was launched for construction this year of 20 water fountains and funds were handed over to the authorities to repair 25 boreholes. (macauhub)