Mozambique needs US$500 million to expand water supply network

4 February 2016

The government of Mozambique needs US$500 million to finance expansion programmes for the country’s water supply network and reduce the current coverage deficit across the country, said recently the Minister for Public Works and Water Resources.

The network of the Fund for Water Supply Investments and Assets (Fipag) covers just over 2.6 million consumers, of more than 5.5 million in 19 towns and districts where it is present throughout the national territory.

Minister Carlos Bonete said that amount would be invested in the construction, rehabilitation and expansion of water supply systems as well as the installation of distribution networks in the current five-year period.

“In the north, for example, we are looking for funds for the cities of Lichinga, Nacala, Nampula and Pemba, with the necessary funding for the latter valued at US$145 million, already under negotiation,” said Bonete, cited by daily newspaper Notícias.

In relation to the city and province of Maputo, where the supply system covers more than 1.1 million consumers, out of an estimated total of 2.2 million, Bonete said measures were already underway to improve the system. (macauhub/MZ)