Extending climate-resilient WASH services for low-income communities

The low-lying coastal city of Beira, is extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This is not a future scenario; stronger storms and rising seas have already proved devastating for the population. Cyclone Idai in 2019 was particularly destructive, leaving the city’s infrastructure almost completely destroyed. The water network was severely damaged, and much of the population were left homeless.

 In the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, WSUP has been focusing not only on extending services to low-income communities, but on creating more resilient services to ensure that, as climate change makes extreme weather like cyclones more common, vulnerable residents in Beira have sustainable access to clean water and safe sanitation.

WSUP works closely with the local water utility FIPAG to help extend their water network and provide an improved water supply for their low-income customers in the most underserved areas of Beira city, particularly areas unable to supply water to additional residents resettled after the cyclone.

WSUP supported FIPAG to rehabilitate 112km of the existing network, including repairing and replacing worn pipes. WSUP helped facilitate communication between FIPAG and the community to help households understand how they can get a potable water connection. This has helped to provide a more reliable service for low-income customers, ensuring existing water connections can continue to serve residents in the future.

WSUP is working with FIPAG to extend water connections in peri-urban communities which are unserved, using high quality PE100 pipes which are much stronger than traditional pipes and require fewer connections which can break. We have already constructed nearly 20km of primary and secondary network piping using these stronger pipes, including 8km of piping to repair the existing network and 11.5km of piping to extend the network to new unserved households. We provided training for the utility’s technicians on how to weld the HDPE PE100 pipes, and helped the utility reduce water and financial losses from their network by providing structured workshops to support leak detection and repairs and billing anomalies.