The government has assured Dar es Salaam residents that tap water produced by the city firm, Dawasco, is clean and safe for human consumption, denying claims that the water is contaminated.
Deputy minister for Water Gerson Lwenge told the House yesterday that claims by some residents that Dar es Salaam tap water was contaminated were wrong.
“The government has been checking the quality and safety of water from all the sources up to the reservoirs,” said the deputy minister.
He said the claims could not be justified, saying the only authority which could confirm that the water was tainted was the government or Dawasco.
The deputy minister was reacting to a supplementary question by Ubungo lawmaker John Mnyika (Chadema) who had who said that Dawasco had been receiving qualified opinion for four consecutive years.
He said city residents have been complaining about poor performance of the company, which affected the availability of water and causing loss to the company amounting to billions of shillings due to wasted water.
Mnyika had wanted the government to make a special audit for Dawasco and to inspect the water pipe system to resolve water problems in the city.
In reply, the deputy minister said currently Dawasco was producing 270,000 cubic metres of water from its three sources of Upper and Lower Ruvu and Mtoni.
He said however that the demand for water for city residents was 450,000 cubic metres.
“We have a shortfall of 180,000 cubic metres of water and this is the cause of all these claims,” said Lwenge.
The deputy minister said further that already Dawasco had established a special department that will be working on water loss.
“In the department, there are task teams which will be inspecting the water pipe system and do maintenance where there are problems,” he noted.
He said there was a plan to reduce non-revenue water (NRW) to 35 per cent by 2013, stressing that currently NRW had been reduced from 68 per cent to 42 per cent.
Already 105,000 customers had water meters installed, which was equivalent to 85 per cent of the customers.