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Mara Region to have water supply from 30bn/- WB project

22nd May 2012
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Bunda legislator Stephen Wassira

The implementation of the 30bn/- water project earmarked to sell the precious liquid to over 10,000 Bunda residents in Mara Region has started, thanks to the initiatives taken by the government and the World Bank.

Speaking here recently, Bunda legislator Stephen Wassira, said at the moment only 4,000 people have been connected with water services drawn from Lake Victoria.

He said the district’s current population stands at 80,000, who depend on few sources of water.

"Our district does not have enough water to serve its people, we hope that the ongoing water project would supply more people with water," he said.

The project implementation which is at its second phase is undertaken by a local construction company known as Nyakirani at the cost of 6bn/-, he said.

He noted that the third phase which will cost over 24bn/- would see all residents connected with safe water.

Responding to the question as to why the project has taken so long to start, Wassira, who is also the Minister of State, President's Office (Civil Society Relations and Coordination), said it was due to delays in funding and securing a capable contractor to execute the project.

He urged the contractor to do his work more diligently and avail people with safe water on time.

Wassira revealed that already the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) has agreed to connect power for the water pump.

For his part, Musoma Water and Sewerage Authority (Muwasa) official Boniface Mwita, said if things go well the water project would kick off early next year.

"We want to see that water supply is availed as soon as possible and benefits more people in this district," he added.

Bunda residents thanking the government for its efforts said the project would alleviate the prevailing water problems.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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