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Adequate investment in water and sanitation important to solve water scarcity: FONGTIL

Adequate investment in water and sanitation important to solve water scarcity: FONGTIL

The dialogues between civil society and Government to address the impact of COVID-19 and flooding on basic infrastructure. Image TATOLI//Francisco Sony

DILI, 18 june 2021 (TATOLI) – The Executive Director of FONGTIL informed that adequate investment in productive sectors, particularly in water and sanitation was important to solve water scarcity in the country.

“Investment in the productive sectors has been a main focus of the government, so in today’s discussion we recommend the government to invest more in productive sectors, particularly water and sanitation, and other productive sectors as well,” Carmo made the comments during a meeting with the government officials entitled: Presentation of the Monitoring and Evaluation of 2021 Budget Execution and Allocation of 2022 Budget on Basic Infrastructure Sectors, at CNE hall, in Dili, on Friday.

He said one of the FONGTIL recommendations was water conservation, saying it was important to conserve rainwater during the wet season, which would give life to animals, plants, and humans during the summer season.

Carmo said the allocation of the General State Budget in the past years was less than 5 percent, therefore FONGTIL recommended the Government increase its investment in water and sanitation up to 10 percent every year to solve water shortages in the country.

He said one of the solutions to conserve water in the upstream areas was creating natural mini dams to prevent water from flowing to the sea.

At the same place, the Vice-President Executive Commission of the Be’e Timor-Leste (BTL, E.P), Gustavo Cruz said that all of the damaged water supply systems in Capital Dili caused by the recent flash flood had been restored and fixed: “Only the water supply system in the Camea neighborhood was currently under repairment.”

Vice-President Executive Commission of the Be’e Timor-Leste (BTL, E.P), Gustavo Cruz

He said around 17.000 water consumers of the population of capital Dili have access to clean water, of this number, only 30 percent pay the water bill.

Cruz added BTL together with its partners installed more than 100 mobile water tanks in capital Dili to facilitate clean water to those families that had been affected by the April flash floods.

“You know, now all of the damaged water supply systems were fixed, and we are no longer distributing clean water to those water tanks. We have taken those mobile thanks back, just in case we might use them in the future if we experience the same problems,” said Cruz.

He said currently BTL facilitated three mobile water tank vehicles to provide clean water to those communities who still have no access to clean water in the Tasi Tolu area.

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Rafy Belo

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