After improvements to the water infrastructure by WSUP, some areas of Maputo are now managed by private operators such as Miguel Chambule. The 56-year-old is currently managing the water supply to four different neighbourhoods. “We manage the entire system. We supply water, do the maintenance of infrastructure, expand the network, and other essential work in areas we are managing,” says Miguel.
This RAIN project, with key partner Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), worked to strengthen 16 small-scale private water operators in the peri-urban communities of Matola and Maputo cities. New infrastructure was built including high-quality pipes, pumps, water treatment devices and office blocks, supported by training of the community. This decentralized approach allows for community-focused management and empowers local businesspeople in the water sector.
Arsénio Mate, a project manager from the local utility, Águas da Região de Maputo, believes the project can be used as a template to reach other communities with similar water and sanitation needs in the future.
“How do we solve problems? We solve problems by identifying the ones we can manage in a particular area. From that experience, we can replicate the success to bring it to other areas. That is the goal of this project,” says Arsénio Mate.