Algeria: The president inaugurates new drinking water project at Tamanrasset
8 April 2011
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has just inaugurated a project to supply the Tamanrasset region with drinking water.
The water is pumped into the artesian layer at a distance of more than 750 kilometers and passes through a total of 1,256 kilometers of pipeline, reports the newspaper El Moudjahid.
The system's capacity of 100,000 m3/day can supply a population which, according to projections, will reach 340,000 inhabitants by 2050.
This project "crowns a decade of effort which has brought a huge step up in the quality and quantity of development for the entire wilaya", said Mr. Bouteflika.
The president also inaugurated, on April 5 2011 at Tamanrasset, a 420 km section of the Trans-Saharan highway, which will link Algiers to Lagos in Nigeria. This section joins Tamanrasset to In Guezzam, situated on the border with Niger. The works necessitated an investment of 100 million dollars, reports the newspaper Econostrum.