The supply of water for human consumption and irrigation of agricultural fields in the southern region of the country is assured as a result of the increased retention of the basins during the 2021-2022 rainy season, according to the newspaper Notícias.
According to the projections shown by the newspaper, the dams of Pequenos Libombos and Corumana, in Maputo province, and Massingir in Gaza, for example, have 96%, 60% and 72% of their storage capacity, respectively.
These statements were made during the cleaning works in the Umbelúzi River Basin, in Boane, carried out by the Southern Regional Water Administration (ARA-Sul), an entity which said that for the next rainy season, it expects that the Pequenos Libombos Dam will have more capacity, thus allowing families to have more availability of this resource.
About the ongoing work, the director of the Umbelúzi Basin Management Division, Jaime Timba, said that “we are doing a basic work, cleaning the drifts of the main rivers to allow the water to have good quality. The water that passes through our rivers is the same water that reaches the treatment plants to later supply the communities.”
The cleaning of the rivers began last year with a study to identify the foci of the plants.
Timba added that this is a project that will last until 2025 and the idea is to ensure that the water arrives at the point of capture clean. In the second phase, the project will cover the Incomati River.