Under the DRIVE scheme, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) will co-finance the construction of a water treatment plant, water pipelines, water reservoirs and pumping stations near Nacala in northeastern Mozambique together with the World Bank. The drinking water company FIPAG is responsible for implementing the project.
On 30 November 2018, the Mozambique Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources João Osvaldo Machatine and the Dutch deputy ambassador Michiel van der Pompe signed a DRIVE grant arrangement amounting to €21,605,000. The World Bank will contribute the same of amount of financing to the project, which will be completed in approximately three years.
Poor water facilities
The construction of a reliable water infrastructure in Mozambique is vitally important. Some 14.8 million people have no access to clean drinking water. More than 2,500 children under the age of five die due to water pollution and poor sanitary facilities each year. The overall water quality in Mozambique does not yet meet the World Health Organization (WHO) drinking water standard. In addition, the facilities are often unreliable and there are insufficient water sources to supply enough water to the population.
Improved access to clean drinking water
The DRIVE scheme forms part of a larger infrastructure project in the region, This project also includes the expansion of the capacity of the Nacala Dam on the Muecala River. DRIVE will fund the treatment and distribution of water, which will crucially ensure that the additional water extracted will reach the end-users.
Nacala currently has 260,000 inhabitants and it is estimated that their number will rise to 400,000 by 2030. This project will provide the inhabitants with better access to clean drinking water. The drinking water supply per person will rise from 24 to 60 litres per day in Nacala. With the larger infrastructure project, 27,394 new connections will be installed.