Pequenos Libombos dam, Mozambique suspends distribution of water to agriculture

15 December 2016

The Pequenos Libombos dam, in Mozambique, has stopped providing irrigation water to agricultural companies in order to ensure a supply of water to the population.

The announcement was made by the Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources, Carlos Bonete Martinho, after a visit to the dam that receives water from the Umbelúzi treatment plant and supplies the cities of Maputo, Matola and the Boane district.

The lack of water is a result of a drought affecting seven provinces of Mozambique, namely in the south of the country since the beginning of 2016.

The minister said that the dam discharge is currently three cubic metres per second compared to 4.2 cubic metres per second in normal situations.

“Since last year we have been taking steps to manage the situation but we were forced to suspend supplies to be able to provide water to the population,” said Bonete Martinho.

The minister called for using only the water that is necessary and to stop watering gardens and washing cars with a hose.

Bonete Martinho said the government plans to launch more projects similar to the Intaka Water Distribution Centre in Maputo, which makes use of groundwater. (macauhub)