MOZAMBIQUE SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH NETHERLANDS FOR DUTCH AID TO STRENGTHEN WATER SUPPLY CAPACITY

MAPUTO, The Mozambican and Dutch governments have signed an agreement under which the Netherlands will provide 146 million meticais (about 2.4 million US dollars) to strengthen the water supply capacity of the Maputo region.

The agreement, signed by Public Works Minister Carlos Bonete and Dutch Ambassador Pascalle Grotenhuis, is an emergency measure to cope with critically low water supply in and around Maputo. The government had requested assistance to mitigate the situation in Maputo and its twin city, Matola, and the neighbouring district of Boane.

The greater Maputo area takes most of its drinking water from the Umbeluzi River which in turn depends on discharges from the Pequenos Libombos Dam. The dam reservoir has been at historically low levels this year and pumping restrictions have been in force since January.

The Dutch funding will be used to boost the capacity of the Intaka water distribution centre in Matola. The ambassador explained that equipment would be purchased for drilling six boreholes in Intaka and connecting them to the general Maputo water pumping system.

We hope that with this intervention we will be able to reach 100,000 people who are currently facing daily water shortages or restrictions,” she said, adding that such intervention was possible because of a partnership agreement for institutional support to the Mozambican government’s Water Supply Assets and Investment Fund (FIPAG).

An agreement on Dutch support for FIPAG was signed in 2016. This support will last until 2021, and is budgeted at 12.5 million euros (about 14.5 million dollars). The current Dutch programme with FIPAG is focused on drought mitigation measures, reducing water losses, protecting water resources by making them more resilient to climate change, and better monitoring of water quality.

Bonete said: Our expectations are that these activities will be implemented rapidly to minimise the water supply restrictions experienced by people in Maputo, Matola and Boane.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK