Angola to increase access to drinking water in rural areas
31 March 2011
The Angolan government wants to attain 80 per cent coverage for the supply of drinking water in the most remote areas of the country by 2012.
The announcement was made by Secretary of State for Water, Luís Felipe da Silva, last Monday, during a fact-finding visit to the water pumping and treatment systems in the commune of Kicabo, as part of the program "Água para todos".
"I feel sure that everything is being done to enable us to attain, by 2012, the goal set by the Angolan government with no trouble at all, affirmed the secretary, quoted by the Angop press agency.
According to Luís Filipe da Silva, the government must set up municipal programs which are integrated in rural development and combat poverty, through the distribution of drinking water to communities.
Elsewhere, Angolan vice-president, Mr. Dos Santos, last week inaugurated the drinking water supply system in the town of Saurimo, which has a capacity of 288 m3/hour. The system will benefit the 140,000 inhabitants of the town of Saurimo.