The WASH cost project, which aims to quantify the unit costs of supplying drinking water to rural areas of Mozambique, was launched Friday in the city of Maputo by the governments of Mozambique and the Netherlands, according to a report in Notícias newspaper.
The project was launched by the Ministry for Public Works and Housing, the National Waters Directorate and the Netherlands, through the International Water and Sanitation centre (IRC).
[...] According to Ben Lamore, the Director General of the IRC, the main benefits for Mozambique, in the water and sanitation project will be better planning and budgeting fro work to supply water and sanitation.
Lamore noted that the project would not solve all the problems, but would contribute to the government’s efforts to improve the country’s water and sanitation situation.
[...] the Head of the Rural Water Department of the National Water Directorate (DNA), Jorge Pedro said that around 35 percent of water systems built in rural areas become unusable before the end of there expected lifecycle, which implies heavy costs to the State in reinstating them.
Source: Macauhub, 12 Nov 2008