Laying of the foundation stone for the water supply project in Pemba, Mozambique

On February 12th, 2021, Mojo Osvaldo Moisés Machatine, Mozambique's Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources, laid the foundation stone for the work to rehabilitate and extend the water supply system of the city of Pemba. The construction work is part of the WASIS II (Water Supply and Institutional Support Project II) project and is expected to be completed in less than two years. The project aims to end the chronic lack of drinking water in Pemba, capital of the province of Cabo Delgado in Mozambique, and to secure the water supply of the inhabitants in the long term.

The highlight of the event was the symbolic laying of a water pipe and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque officially indicating the beginning of the project. In his speech, Mr. Machatine stated that the project is expected to double the capacity of the water supply in Pemba, from the current production capacity from 15,000 m3 to 30,000 m3 per day. Victor Tuacale, Director General of FIPAG (Fundo de Investimento e Patrimonio do Abastecimento de Agua (Water Supply Investment and Equity Fund), then presented the project in detail.

WASIS II includes a 165-million-dollar financing agreement between the Mozambican government and the World Bank. The aim of WASIS II is to rehabilitate and expand the water supply system in several major cities in Mozambique. GAUFF Engineering is responsible for the project that will provide additional drinking water to around 82,000 people in the city of Pemba. The districts of Muxara, Mahate, Chuiba and Gingone, which are located along the main water line, will particularly benefit from the expansion. The water for this process will be extracted from a well field in the neighboring district of Metuge.

The works include the installation of the electromechanical equipment of the well field, the installation of telemetry (remote control), the construction of a new water treatment plant and the pumping stations, as well as the connection of the plants to the existing water supply system in Pemba. GAUFF Engineering has been working on the project since 2017 and is responsible for the planning, preparation of the project-related technical specifications and tender documents. In addition, GAUFF Engineering, representing the project's client (FIPAG), supervises and inspects the construction work.

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