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How govt will attain water supply goal

How govt will attain water supply goal

THE government has expressed confidence in attaining water availability in rural and urban settings by 85 and 95 per cent respectively come 2025 following implementation of major projects in various areas across the country.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water, Engineer Anthony Sanga said on Friday that the sixth phase government under President Samia Suluhu Hassan is determined to improve water services to the citizens.

"For a long time people have been complaining about water availability, but the sixth phase government is implementing many water projects throughout the country to address the situation," Eng Sanga said on Friday in Mbeya Region during the launch of a 3bn/- Shogo- Mbalizi water project.

The project expected to serve about 80,000 residents in Mbalizi Town was launched by President Samia Suluhu Hassan as part of activities of her three-day tour of the region.

He said the Shongo- Mbalizi project is just part of many water projects being undertaken in various areas across the country. "The project has improved water supply from 42 per cent to 95 per cent".

Eng Sanga noted that currently various water projects are being executed in districts through funding from either the government or development stakeholders.

"We are implementing 218 water projects through the   Covid -19 relief funds to make sure that the shortage become history.”

"We are confident to attain 85 and 95 per cent water availability in rural and urban areas respectively come 2025 as directed in Chama Cha Mapinduzi Election Manifesto," he noted.

Eng Sanga further noted that the government has recently signed water projects worth 1.073tri/- which will be implemented in 28 towns in the country from a soft loan from the Indian government.

"This is a history because for the first time since independence our country is executing such a major water project," he said.

He further detailed that before the new project, Tabora- Igunga - Nzega   water project worth 617bn/- was leading, and before it Arusha water project was considered as a major one because it was implemented at a cost of 520bn/-.

"These are just some of the projects under execution, we are going to start the implementation of another major project of drawing water from Lake Victoria to Busega, Bariadi, Itilima, Meatu and Maswa towns at a cost of 444b/-," he said.

He noted that President Samia has directed the ministry to use sufficient and sustainable water sources in order to meet the growing demand of the precious liquid.

Eng Sanga further said that following the growing population in Mbeya Region, the ministry is going to implement a project which will draw water from Kiwira River to meet the demand by 95 per cent. "The project is at the tendering stage to secure the contractor".

He said plans were also underway to draw water from Bupibu River to address the shortage in Tunduma Town.

The ministry has also visited Lake Victoria to ensure that it is used effectively to supply water in Katavi and several areas in Rukwa, he noted.

Mbeya Water Supply and Sanitation Authority Executive Director, CPA Gilbert Kayange said that before the project, water supply in Mbalizi was below 50 per cent, but the situation has improved to 95 per cent to date.

"Before the project, people were getting water service for four hours only, but now the service is available for an average of 23 to 24 hours while collections have also increased from 25m/-  to 75m/- per month," he said.

Meanwhile, President Samia also laid a foundation stone for the construction of a building for mother and child services at Meta Maternity Hospital in Mbeya region.

The building which cost 11bn/- is an extension of the old building which was constructed in 1958. It includes among others modern operating theaters, consultation rooms and Intensive Care Units.

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