High-level Officials Visit Water Expansion Projects

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Addis Ababa, 29 April 2014 (WIC) - High-level officials including Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister visited ongoing clean water expansion projects being undertaken in the capital, Addis Ababa, aiming to ease water shortage in the city.

The Minister Alemayehu Tegenu said the projects; being carried out at a cost of over six billion Birr will enable to solve the water shortage in the city.

His Ministry is striving to solve problems related with clean water supply through various mechanisms, including expansion projects and fighting maladministration in this area, the Minister said.

The water shortage in Addis Ababa has been caused because of natural reasons, said City Water and Sewerage Authority Head, Awoke Hailemariam.

The Authority has been working to solve the shortage by undertaking short and long term projects.

Two of the expansion projects at Akaki area will commence operation in September and December 2014, each will produce 70,000 cubic meter water per day.

The Ten water wells sinking in Legedadi area, each with a capacity to produce 40,000 cubic meter water a day will also play vital role in solving the shortage, he said.