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Govt earmarks 653m/- to improve water availability in Dar es Salaam

17th April 2012
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Kinondoni member of Parliament Iddi Azzan

The government has earmarked 653m/- for resolving a water blues in Dar es Salaam, the House was told yesterday.

Reacting to questions directed to his ministry, Deputy Minister for Water Gerson Lwenge said the funds will be used for the improvement of water infrastructure and construction of water plants.

In his basic question Kinondoni member of Parliament Iddi Azzan had wanted to know when Dar es Salaam residents would have assured tape water availability.

The deputy minister said it was the aim of the government to ensure that by 2013 the city must have done away with water blues.

The deputy minister said currently the government was implementing a special water provision programme for Dar es Salaam.

He said the programme will include the expansion of water sources for Upper and Lower Ruvu water intake points.

“We are expecting to drill 20 deep water wells at Kimbiji valley and construct a dam at Kidunda. These projects will increase availability of water from 300 million litres a day currently to 710 millionl litres a day,” said Lwenge.

The deputy minister said further that currently the government had no plans to construct a huge water pipe from Rufiji River due to the availability of current water sources that can meet the demand by 2025.

But Azzan pinned down the deputy minister, saying depending on the current water sources of Upper and Lower Ruvu and those of Kimbiji valley and Kidunda dam would not meet the demand for water in Dar es Salaam since by the year 2025 the city was expected to have a population of 10million people.

The minister said however the matter has been taken on board and the government will research to know what will be the demand for water by 2025 when the city's population would be 10 million people.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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