The water storage and distribution capacity in Maputo city has doubled following the conclusion of work on rebuilding the water distribution centre in the inner-city neighborhood of Alto-Mae.
The Minister of Public Works, Carlos Bonete, inaugurated the distribution centre on Friday. Its storage capacity has increased from 4,500 to 10,000 cubic metres of water.
The new centre allows increased reliability in the distribution of water in the neighbourhoods of Alto-Maé, Central, Malanga, Maxaquene, Polana and Mafalala. Previously these parts of the city faced limitations in water supply due to low water pressure.
Speaking after the inauguration ceremony, Bonete said the Alto-Mae centre is part of the second phase of the rehabilitation and expansion of the water supply system in Maputo, the neighbouring city of Matola and the district of Boane, which will cost an estimated total of ten billion meticais (about 132 million US dollars, at current exchange rates).
The project also involves building a new water treatment station on the Umbeluzi river; the installation of 27 kilometres of water main between the Umbeluzi station and the Matola distribution centre; the construction of new distribution centres in Tsalala, Matola Rio, Belo Horizonte, Boane and KaTembe; the building of 16 small scale water supply systems in the northern parts of Maputo and Matola municipalities; and laying about 1,000 kilometres of water pipes with their respective home connections.
These actions, Bonete said, benefit about 1.5 million people in the Greater Maputo Metropolitan Area, and will boost industry and trade in Maputo and Matola cities.
“Our government regards water supply as one of the pillars of poverty relief and of the economic and social development of the country, because access to this precious liquid ensures good health and promotes the development of various sectors of economic activity”, added the Minister.
At Alto-Mae, in addition to the new deposit with the capacity to hold 10,000 cubic metres, a new pumping station was built and equipped, and generators were installed to ensure that water distribution will continue even in the event of a power cut.
This work has been co-financed by the Mozambican government and the French Development Agency (AFD).