African Development Bank finances water supply and sanitation in Mozambique

25 October 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 Oct – The African Development Bank has granted US$26.8 million to finance maintenance of the potable water supply and sanitation systems in the cities of Lichinga and Cuamba in northeast Mozambique’s Niassa province.

The aim is to ensure a longer lifespan for existing infrastructures in Mozambique and to train the personnel involved.

Mozambique’s AIM news agency reported that the National Water Directorate, Regional Water Supply Council and the Fund for Water Supply Investment and Assets would be in charge of implementing the project.

The process of launching tenders to acquire necessary equipment is current under way, said Armando Ussivane, a water and sanitation sector export from the AfDB.

“The maintenance is so that water system beneficiaries are able to repair infrastructures in due time. This means improving the distribution network, commercialisation and distribution of accessories. This aspect has been neglected,” Ussivane told the Noticias newspaper.

Besides the US$26.8 million, the AfDB plans to approve by the end of this month further financing to back the National Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (Pronasar), budgeted at US$200 million.

The aim is to expand potable water coverage by 2014, especially in rural areas of Zambeze (centre) and Nampula (north) provinces. (macauhub)