Landlocked Lesotho Builds Landmark Dam
The independent nation of Lesotho, tucked inside the borders of South Africa, boasts a rugged and majestic landscape that makes it a unique adventurer’s destination. But despite the nation’s tall mountains, it has historically suffered from water shortages, affecting the country’s vibrant textile industry and growing population. Providing much needed relief, the US$430 million Metolong Dam water infrastructure program supplies raw water for Lesotho’s capital, Maseru, and surrounding towns. The project improves water delivery to domestic users and textile operations—preserving 48,000 jobs and creating approximately 6,000 new ones.
This clean source of water resulted in improved health, increased productivity, reduced infant and child mortality, and increased opportunity for businesses that offer employment.