The Mozambican Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources João Machatine said on Thursday that the construction of the Sabiè Treatment Plant at the Corumana dam in Moamba is expected to start in July and will take 20 months , according to daily newspaper O País.
The treatment plant aims to increase the water storage capacity at the dam and its distribution to Maputo, Matola, Manhiça and Marracuene, which are considered to be the metropolitan area of Maputo.
Machatine also said the same project to increase water supply to the Maputo area will include work on the sluice gates of the Corumana dam to increase water storage capacity of 720,000 cubic metres to 1.4 million cubic metres.
The water from Corumana will be transported over a distance of 45 kilometres to the area of the bridge over the Incomati river in Moamba, where pipelines have been installed, which will transport water to the Machava distribution centre in Matola.
The work to increase the capacity of the dam and its water transportation to Maputo, Matola, Moamba, Marracuene and Manhiça and Marracuene is expected to cost US$250 million, with the World Bank as one of the main financiers.
The project was designed to make up the water shortage resulting from a drop in the reserves of the Pequenos Libombos dam. (macauhub)