MOAMBA, MOZAMBIQUE, Work to expand the water supply system in the Greater Maputo Metropolitan Area is already 70 per cent complete and should be finished by the end of the year, says Public Works Minister Carlos Bonete.

He disclosed during a visit to the engineering work site near here Friday that the 95-kilometre pipeline would carry water from the Corumana Dam on the Incomati River’s main tributary, the Sabie River, to the to Machava distribution centre in Matola, Maputo’s twin city.

Bonete said: The project began last year and we have already completed about 70 per cent of the work. We expect to have the work finished by the end of the year. It has various components. However, the construction of a new treatment plant for water from the Sabie River has not yet begun.”

He added that the treatment plant was still awaiting the completion of the process to select the contractor. However, the minister stressed that the pipe currently under construction would transport water to Machava so that it is available for Greater Maputo.

The Greater Maputo Water Supply Expansion Project will connect about 100,000 families to the water supply system. It is funded through a loan of 178 million US dollars from the World Bank and another 20 million euros from the Dutch government.

Under the project, the new water treatment plant will have a capacity of 60,000 cubic metres per day and will draw water from the Corumana Dam. In addition, the pipeline will be able to transport 120,000 cubic metres of water per day. The plan also includes the construction of reservoirs, pumping stations, and ancillary works.

In total, the project will benefit 650,000 people and meet the growing demand for drinking water resulting from demographic growth in the Greater Maputo region.