South Korea will donate US$700,000 to Mozambique to pay for studies meant to find solutions to improve the water supply for three cities, Xai-Xai, Nampula and Lichinga, respectively the capitals of Gaza, Nampula and Niassa provinces, reports AIM news agency.
The financing agreement was initialled on Monday in Maputo by the director of the Water Supply Assets and Investment Fund (FIPAG), Pedro Paulino, and the head of the South Korean Institute of Environmental Technology and Industry (KEITI), Nam Kwang Hee.
The director of Planning and Cooperation of the Ministry of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources, Umberto Gueuze, said on the occasion that the studies would help identify the interventions needed to improve water supply infrastructures with a view to meeting demand.
Demand for water supply service will be determined based on existing consumption, population growth forecasts, economic development and water resources, as well as service alternatives in a 20-year horizon.
Plans should accordingly be made and resources mobilised to invest in the expansion of water supply systems, promoting infrastructures for catchment, production, transportation, storage and distribution of water.
FIPAG figures indicate that in the case of Xai-Xai, more than 139,000 people benefit from access to potable water out of a total of 235,000, meaning that the supply covers about 60 percent of the population.
The city of Nampula has 50 percent coverage for 627,000 people, while Lichinga has coverage of about 21 percent for 209,000 people. (Macauhub)