The Mozambican Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources, João Machatine, laid the foundation stone for the construction of the new Locumue dam in Niassa province in northern Mozambique.
The new venture, which will double the capacity of the province’s water supply system, will cost about US$8 million.
The Locumue dam was built in the 1960s for irrigation purposes, but 10 years later it became the main source of water for the city of Lichinga, the capital of Niassa province.
Machatine said the idea is to increase the volume of water in the reservoir by more than twice the current 1.76 million cubic metres to 3.4 million cubic metres.”
Construction of the new dam is expected to be completed in March 2021.
The project is being carried out as part of the Pravida programme, an initiative to accelerate the rehabilitation and/or construction of new water supply, sanitation and storage infrastructure, which was recently launched by the Government.
Under the programme, water and sanitation systems are also being renewed in the cities, towns and villages of the province, benefiting 187,000 people, Machatine said. (Macauhub)