National Energy Globe Award Mozambique (overall winner)
Submitted by: Helvetas Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Swiss Association for Interna
Implemented country: Mozambique
Title: Sustainable Water Supply in Mozambique
Water supply in Mozambique is mostly insufficient. In rural areas, less than half of the population has access to clean drinking water. The Helvetas-initiated water project is aimed at sustainably improving drinking water supply and settlement hygiene. Since 1979, 2,000 new drinking water facilities have been built and existing facilities have been repaired and/or expanded in cooperation with local authorities as well as villagers. Also, a large number of sanitary facilities have been installed. Helvetas has been active mostly south of the capital of Maputo and in the northern provinces of Cabo Delgado and Nampula.
Another benefit of this project is the fact that the private sector in charge of building and partly maintaining the systems is receiving a boost as well. In order for the infrastructure to grow in a sustainable manner, Helvetas closely cooperates with local communities and district authorities. Helvetas trains local water committees that then operate and maintain the water systems. The local population is taught the relationship between water quality, hygiene, and health. On a regional level, water suppliers are supported with know-how concerning engineering and organizational development. Currently, 25 to 35 new drinking water systems are either under construction or repair.
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