Dutch firms Royal Haskoning DHV and Vitens Evides International have been awarded a contract to work on a project to eventually supply drinking water to 550,000 residents and 20,000 households in the Mozambican capital city Maputo.According to reports, the two companies will design a new water distribution system for northern Maputo.
The €2.2 million contract was awarded by Mozambique’s Water Supply Investment and Assets Fund (FIPAG) for the implementation of all services required for the development phase of the project that will be funded by the Dutch government. The water distribution system will be part of the Corumana Water Supply System, a US$130 million loan by the World Bank.
The Corumana Water Supply System will initially supply 60,000 cubic metres per day of treated drinking water to Maputo from the Corumana Dam on the Sabie River. This capacity will be extended during a second phase to 120,000 cubic metres per day.
The distribution system will cover an area of about 900 square kilometres. Royal HaskoningDHV and Vitens Evides International will design the system with four new distribution centres and 192km of primary and secondary distribution pipes connecting 20,000 household to the water supply for the first time. The consortium will also draw up the tender documents for the construction of the distribution system.
The design phase is due to end in April next year, with building work scheduled to begin before the end of 2014.
The Dutch government will fund the construction phase with a grant of around €20 million, and will pay for the system’s operation and maintenance for the first decade, costing around €1million.
The Dutch government previously contributed €18.6 million to the expansion of the Umbeluzi system, a project which increased the number of people benefiting from this system from 670,000 to 1.5 million.
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