The Mozambican government’s Water Supply Investment and Assets Fund (FIPAG) intends to expand the water system in the capital, so that it can supply about 1.5 million people in Maputo, the neighbouring city of Matola and the district of Boane.
The project will cost 95 million euros (about 140 million US dollars). The money is now available and comes from the European Investment Bank, the Dutch government, the European Union and the French Development Agency. The Mozambican government is contributing with 13 per cent.
Announcing the project on Saturday, the chairperson of the FIPAG Board of Directors, Nelson Beete, said the studies are in their final stages and it is expected that the tenders will be launched later this year, so that work can start in 2009.
FIPAG estimates water losses at an alarming 60 per cent: it hopes to reduce this to 40 per cent. [O]ver the last two years, about two million dollars have been invested just in repairing the network [which so far has resulted in a reduction of] physical water losses by about 10 per cent”
Source: Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo) / allAfrica.com, 17 Aug 2008