The Mozambican Minister of Public Works João Machatine said that the government is studying the possibility of desalinating seawater to supply of drinking water to the Greater Maputo area, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.
Despite acknowledging that the project is “at a very early stage” Machatine admitted that this is one of the possibilities being considered to deal with the crisis caused by the lack of water in the south of the country.
The lack of water in the Pequenos Libombos Dam that supplies the city and province of Maputo is due to a lack of rain in the Umbeluzi river basin.
Making use of sea water will be through a public-private partnership and according to the government there are entities interested in the project.
The main water source in the city and province of Maputo province is currently filled to just 21% of its total capacity. (macauhub)