Angola Investing $5 Billion in Water Projects: Angop

Angola, where less than two-thirds of the population has access to clean water, is investing $5 billion in water projects, the state-run news agency Angop reported.

The funding covers a four-year period to 2017, Secretary of State for Water Luis Felipe da Silva told the World Water Forum in Korea this week, Angop said. Africa’s second-largest crude oil producer is promoting the preservation of supplies, sustainable use and water security, according to da Silva.

Angola, recovering from a 27-year civil war that ended in 2002, was affected by a drought from 2012 through 2014 in the southern provinces that border Namibia. Sixty percent of its 24 million people have access to safe water and about 53 percent to sanitation, according to the World Health Organization.

While many rural Angolans rely on untreated river water for cooking, washing and bathing and slum dwellers in the capital Luanda have limited clean water, low oil prices will delay some infrastructure projects, President Jose Eduardo dos Santos said last month.

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