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Access to clean water is a priority for Government, reiterates PM

Date: August 07, 2017
Domain:Public Utilities
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen
 

GIS - 07 August, 2017: Government is investing massively in the water sector and the upgrading of infrastructure so as to ensure public welfare as well as to bring stability and equilibrium in socio-economic development.
This statement was made by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, on Friday 4 August 2017 at the launching of Rivière du Rempart Water Supply Project in the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Collendavelloo, and other eminent personalities.
The Prime Minister underscored that the replacing of leaking old pipes has already been initiated by the Central Water Authority (CWA) and that the project will cover the whole island.
To this end, Mr Pravind Jugnauth highlighted that some Rs 5.6 billion has been earmarked so that the CWA can execute the pipeline renewal programme to address the issues hindering the distribution of water supply. These works will ensure that by 2018, 80% of the population will have access to clean water on a 24/7 basis, he said.
The Prime Minister stated that the essence of life resides in water while adding that it is crucial that each and every one contributes in its preservation. He further appealed to the public to reduce wastage and to make judicious use of water.
For his part, the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Ivan Collendavelloo, emphasised that clean water supply should be the national priority of any Government. The water reform project will help CWA achieve regular water supply and reduce losses in the water distribution system due to leakages and shabby pipelines, he stated.
He underscored that water supply in many regions is erratic due to low pressure and frequent bursts. To address these issues, he stressed, various projects comprising of solar pumps, water treatment plans, construction of dams and reservoirs amongst others are being implemented while other related projects are in the pipeline. 
The Rivière du Rempart Water Supply project
The Rivière du Rempart Water Supply project comprises the replacement of overused pipelines stretching over 15 km and the construction of a reservoir of
6 000 cubic meters at Mon Loisir. A sum of Rs 122 million will be disbursed for this project. The works will be implemented in six phases and is expected to be completed by end of 2018.
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org
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