The government of the central province of Manica has just inaugurated two drinking water supply systems with the capacity to feed more than 4,000 inhabitants in the town of Muda-Serração, in the district of Gondola.
The system is particularly important for the residents as it is the first time they have had access to drinking water. Before the system was installed, they had to travel long distances to the nearest river or use alternative sources, such as wells.
The systems were built in the town of Muda Serração and consist of two towers with elevated tanks with a capacity of 30 cubic metres, submerged pumps and solar panels.
The infrastructure also has houses for protecting and operating the system, community fountains, laundries, taps and drinking fountains with capacity for 350 head of cattle.
The work began in March 2022 and was completed in July this year. It is the result of an investment of 11 million meticais, financed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The governor of Manica province, Francisca Tomás, who inaugurated the projects a few days ago, explained that in the first phase the system will benefit around 2,500 residents of Muda-Serração and another 1,500 from the village of Mucórue.
In the future, it could be expanded to cover more inhabitants of neighbouring regions that still lack the precious liquid.
“These projects are a response to the concerns raised by the population. The people asked for drinking water because they had to travel long distances to find it. Sometimes they resorted to river water. With this system, the problem will be minimally solved,” said Francisca Tomás, during her interaction with the population.
“River water was a danger to the population’s health. It was exposed to many diseases. With this system, which is the result of the efforts of the government and partners, the population will now consume treated water that is fit for human consumption,” she added.
He assured that the government would continue to work to improve the population’s living conditions. To this end, work is underway to provide water to the population in the districts of Mossurize, Tambara, Machaze, Vanduzi, Manica and Sussundenga.
“These are systems that, once completed, will allow most of the population of Manica province to consume better quality, treated water. Our appeal is to preserve these sources so that they last longer,” he said.
He emphasised that the infrastructures belong to the residents of these areas. That’s why he called for greater vigilance to prevent these and other public infrastructures from being vandalised.