Drinking water and human development in Mozambique

The existence of safe drinking water is not only a fundamental right of communities as an important indicator of progress thereof.

The existence of drinking water can promote human development. The quality of water consumption plays a decisive role for the control and prevention of diseases, promoting the increase of average life of the population by reducing the overall mortality, and especially in children. Also the economic level can influence lowering costs associated with the number of working days lost due to diseases, promoting economic development, and increasing the standard of living of the communities she supplied. Thus, the reduction of poverty in a country and of its population necessarily involves control of water for human consumption. This is not only a fundamental right but also an important indicator of progress of communities. In Mozambique there are clear needs in terms of improving the consumed water quality.

R&D in water, more specifically in the evaluation of water quality, it is of the utmost importance in the current Mozambican context. Some cities are experiencing a rapid population growth especially in suburban areas. Mozambique already has an institution that is dedicated to this subject. The Institute for Research in Water (IIA) aims to become a reference institution in the scientific research conducted in the field of water, contributing to the definition of a water research agenda that aids improving the management of water resources country.

Biodinâmica assesses and monitors water quality associated with various types of uses (consumption, groundwater, wastewater and marine water). Biodinâmica provides a key-in-hand service, which includes collection, analysis (using reference laboratories) and proposed improvement measures of water quality. This not only includes the physico-chemical analysis, but also microbiological and biological analysis.

Susana Moreira

Deputy Technical Director – Clidis (Pemba)