Two Dutch companies, Royal HaskoningDHV and Vitens Evides International, will develop a new water distribution system for Mozambique’s capital of Maputo to supply drinking water to about 550,000 residents.
Design works are planned to be completed in April with construction to start at the end of 2014, HaskoningDHV, an Amersfoort, Netherlands-based project management and engineering consultant, said on its website. The contract for the venture partners is 2.2 million euros ($2.9 million).
The water system for Maputo will be part of a project funded by $130 million from the World Bank that will initially supply 60,000 cubic meters of treated drinking water a day to the capital from Corumana Dam, HaskoningDHV said. Capacity will double in a second phase to 120,000 cubic meters a day, it said.
“The new system will improve drinking water quality and quantity, and will reduce the costs per liter for the inhabitants that now depend on unreliable sources,” Bob Bakker, HaskoningDHV project director, said in the statement.
“As well as helping to improve existing living conditions, the system will be future-proofed to accommodate Maputo’s rapidly growing population,” Bakker said.