Angola Water Supply Moves Toward Management, Sanitation Reform

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Written by Makula Dunbar

“There is a great investment for the ongoing expansion of the water supply system. What was needed was a regulation establishing the standards, criteria, responsibilities in the management and use of these systems,” João Baptista Borges, Angola’s minister of Energy and Water said in an Angola Press report.

In efforts to revive the country’s water resource policies and framework, the Commission for Real Economy of the Council of Ministers, met to regulate the Water Law 26/02 Friday, December 27, the report said. Commission members analyzing the new legislation represent ministries not limited to Agriculture, Fisheries, Commerce and Geology.

Through the Commission it was recognized that the drafted regulation received positive feedback. The management of water and precautions regarding sanitation will be addressed in the newly implemented law.

“Angola is emerging from a protracted civil conflict,confronting significant challenges in the water and sanitation sector such as a need to: rebuild damaged or decrepit infrastructure; establish an appropriate institutional framework; update policies and approaches; upgrade professional and technical skills; ensure transparent and equitable service delivery; strengthen planning and performance monitoring; and bolster coordination across all levels, stakeholders, and regions,” a Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) report stated.

The ministry’s analysis and steps toward improvement come right on time as the WSP 2015 report outlines the pervasive effects on the sector caused by war and poorly collected data.

By 2015 70 percent of rural water supply and 65 percent of urban water supply is expected to be made accessible. In 1990, according to the WSP report, only 40 percent of rural water supply and 30 percent of urban water supply was accessible. Also by 2015, sanitation specs are expected to hit targets of 53 percent and 79 percent coverage in rural and urban areas, respectively.

In correlation with the drafted Water Law, urban and rural water supplies are to be managed more effectively through better treatment, production and distribution licensing, the Angola Press noted.