- Published on Saturday, 21 July 2012 00:50
- Written by PETI SIYAME in Sumbawanga
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THE Government has revealed their strategic plans to embark on an urban up-grading programme in an effort to permanently end severe water woes facing seven towns in the country.
While on a two-day working tour in the region during the week, to inspect water projects and address public rallies, the Water Minister, Professor Jumanne Maghembe, revealed this when addressing senior government and municipal officials at the Rukwa Regional Commissioner's offices.
He mentioned seven towns in which the programme would be initiated. They include Sumbawanga, Lindi, Mtwara , Kigoma , Musoma , Bukoba , Babati and Kigoma. He also said that the up-shot was geared to ensure that the areas gets reliable and safe water under the short, middle and long terms urban upgrading initiatives .
Earlier on, during her welcome remarks , the Rukwa Regional Water Engineer, Ms Emmy George, told Minister Maghembe that the World Bank is spending over 5.2bn/- to develop two major water projects. These are aiming at easing water supply problems in Sumbawanga Town.
The water projects are scheduled for completion on October this year. Eng. George told Prof Maghembe that two water projects involve drilling of 13 deep wells at the Lichwe River basin. It will also include the rehabilitation of dilapidated water pipes and connecting new ones.
According to the water engineer, more than 393.6m/- would be spent on connecting new pipes while 4.9bn/- goes into replacing old water pipes. “At the moment, 13 deep wells have already been drilled, but only eight of them are supplying water, with a capacity of 4,000,000 litres per day.
Half of the work on construction of a water reservoir has been done,” she noted. Ms George added that once completed, the projects would increase water production from the present 30 per cent to 80 per cent, during the dry season as the actual demand stands at 9,000,000 litres per day.