The store is responsible for the provision of water related materials and equipment, and maintenance of urban rural water supply projects.
The proposed reforms include recruitment of qualified personnel with different professionals such as technicians, engineers and chemists and changing of the unit’s procurement system to allow bulk procurement of materials and water treatment chemicals.
Water and Irrigation Minister Eng Isack Kamwelwe gave the order on Tuesday during his two-day tour to inspect some water projects overseen by Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Authority (DAWASA).
He said the national water warehouse must be reformed in order to go with the government plans.
“Equipment in this warehouse are worth more than 4.8bn/- but some of them are outdated and damaged. Since there are some factories in the country which produce such equipment you can consult them and see the possibilities of fixing them up so that they can be utilised to avoid loss of tax payers money,” he said.
The minister said that the stores need technicians, engineers and chemists who could advice on better ways of storing the equipment.
“We have observed plastic and metal pipes being stored in the sun, thus affecting their quality,” Eng Kamwelwe said.
In ensuring that the equipment stored at the warehouse are utilised, the minister directed the stores management to halt procurement of other equipment until further notice.
“I direct all water authorities implementing various projects to communicate with the central stores so that they can purchase the equipment they need from the depot,” Eng Kamwelwe added.
The minister warned that, no any water authority will be allowed to purchase equipment outside the warehouse when such materials are available.
Eng Kamwele, however, directed the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Prof Kitila Mkumbo to form a commission that will make assessment on water needs, and other materials including water treatment chemicals of all water authorities countrywide so that they can be purchased in bulk.
He said that the process should be done immediately so that the new system begins in the next budget, 2018/2019.
“We want the procurement of all the materials to be done in bulk and direct from the manufacturers as it is being done in health through Medical Store Department (MSD) which has helped a lot in minimising cost,” he said.
He said the quality of water equipment has been a challenge because each water authority has been purchasing them differently and there is no any entity which monitors the standard of the procured materials for public use.
“Water authorities have been purchasing the equipment differently as a result we don’t get the value for money… the equipment being purchased at high price with different qualities,” he said.
He said the first phase of water programme targeted 1810 projects and so far 1433 have been implemented of which 35 per cent are non-functional the problem he said has been partly contributed by substandard equipment.
The project for expansion of water distribution in Dar es Salaam and Coast Region commenced in March last year and is being implemented by the ministry of water and irrigation through Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Authority (DAWASA).
DAWASA acting chief executive officer, Eng Romanus Mwang’ingo informed the delegation that expansion of water infrastructures for Dar es Salaam and Chalinze in Coast Region involves among others construction of nine water storage tanks with capacity of between 3 and 6 million litres, construction of four booster stations and laying of water distribution pipes.
Mwang’ingo mentioned the beneficiaries as residents of Salasala, Bunju, Wazo, Makongo, Changanyikeni, Bagamoyo, Mpiji, Zinga, Kiromo, Kitopeni, Ukuni, Kerege, Buma, Mataya and the Economic Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) which receive the service from Lower Ruvu.
Other areas which will benefit from the project are Kiluvya, Kibamba, Mbezi, Msakuzi, Makabe, Malamba Mawili and Msigani which receive water from Upper Ruvu.
The project is being implemented to the tune of 33 million USD provided as soft loan by Indian government. It will be completed on February next year.