Pro-poor water connections in Maputo

WSUP is working with the water operator Aguas de Mozambique and asset holder FIPAG to expand the distribution network into poor communities to ensure greater physical access to available supplies.

The photos shown here explain in photos the work to make water connections in the bairro of Maxaquene. There is clear willingness to pay by poor consumers who pay significantly more for their water from public standposts. The added convenience of a private supply is clearly something that consumers would pay for: WSUP facilitated aproximately 3900 families (nearly 30,000 beneficiaries) to be connected in Maxaquene just last year.

WSUP has also been working with regulator CRA and FIPAG to address the high connections charges, which represents one of the greatest barrier for the urban poor to access the water network.

Under the ACF program, WSUP is working with service providers AdeM and FIPAG to expand the network into the low-income areas of Xipamanine and Mafalala.

The following outlines recent progress:

  • A schedule for the design and construction of the network was presented by AdeM in September 2010.
  • The project for Xipamanine tertiary water supply network was sent to FIPAG approval on December 8th and the procurement is scheduled to commence in January 2011.
  • For Mafalala the process is delaying as the availability of water depends on the construction of a main pipe which is planned to be undertaken separately by FIPAG.

About Andy Narracott

Urban water and sanitation professional. Programme Coordinator for the USAID African Cities for the Future Programme.
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