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At the Amsterdam International Water Week the Netherlands Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation, Mrs Reina Buijs and the Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources of Mozambique, His Excellency Mr Carlos Bonete Martinho, signed the grant arrangement for the implementation, operation and maintenance of this project called the Greater Maputo Water Supply Expansion Project. The ceremony was attended by a delegation from Royal HaskoningDHV and Vitens Evides International.
The Dutch Government is funding the execution of this project through their Facility for Infrastructure Development (ORIO) in developing countries. It follows ORIO funding (€ 2.2 million) of the previous development phase that resulted in the approved project plan.
Improve living conditions
Mr Pedro Paulino, CEO at FIPAG said: "The new sustainable water supply system will provide good quality drinking water via public infrastructure to 650,000 inhabitants in northern Maputo.” The population of the city is growing rapidly with expansion taking place largely on the north-western side where there is currently no public water supply. “The Netherlands and Mozambique have established a sound partnership providing funding and expertise to extend and improve water supply services in Mozambique. This project is a vital part of the Corumana system and will help to improve living conditions. It will also be future-proofed to accommodate growth in the urban population," Mr Pedro Paulino added.
From intake to tap
The Greater Maputo Water Supply Expansion Project is part of the World Bank funded Corumana water supply system and will include three new drinking water distribution centres, mains pipework, primary and secondary distribution lines, as well as nearly 1,000 km of tertiary network and more than 120,000 new household connections.
Royal HaskoningDHV and VEI are currently preparing the detailed design and tender documents for the system and it is anticipated that construction works will start at the end of 2016. "It is challenging and exciting to develop a water supply system in a large and rapidly urbanizing area. We are proud to be able to make a significant difference in the lives of so many people," said Mr Michel Riemersma, Project Manager from Royal HaskoningDHV.
Mr Adriaan Mels, Project Director at VEI said: “The grant comes at a time when we are celebrating 40 years of collaboration between Mozambique and the Netherlands. It is a huge milestone in the long-standing relationship between FIPAG and the Dutch water sector.”
Both VEI and Royal HaskoningDHV will continue their involvement in the project throughout the implementation and operation and maintenance phases.