The Mozambican government is studying the possibility of building a new dam and water collection and treatment station along the Lúrio River, which separates the province of Nampula and Cabo Delgado, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.
The dam will be used to provide drinking water to the Nacala Special economic Zone (ZEEN), taking into account the investments and infrastructure that the region is receiving, specifically in Nacala-Porto and the neighbouring town and district capital, Nacala-a-Velha.
The project for a new dam on the Lúrio River, which is almost 100 kilometres from Nacala, has been suggested because the current dam, which is being rebuilt, is still not enough to meet expected demand from the two towns.
As well as this, another alternative that had been considered, which was building the dam along the Monapo River, was excluded because the river is already overused due to a dam built along it for irrigation of the Matanuska banana project.
Daniel Chapo, the administrator of Nacala-a-Velha, told Notícias that the ZEEN would need a large amount of good quality water, “the solution for which does not involve reconstruction of the current Nacala dam.” (macauhub)