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120m/- to end water woes in Vwawa town

7th February 2013
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Water deputy minister, Dr Binilith Mahenge

The government has set aside 120m/- to finance water supply project in Vwawa Township, Mbozi district headquarters.

Water deputy minister, Dr Binilith Mahenge revealed this in the National Assembly here yesterday when responding to a question by Mbozi East MP Godfrey Zambi (CCM), who wanted to know the time-frame for Vwawa residents to be supplied with reliable clean and safe water.

Dr Mahenge revealed that Mbozi district’s headquarters has a population of over 50,000 people and the number is projected to grow up to more than 56,000 people by 2015.

“This number is high and justifies a reliable water supply. The current water infrastructures have been there for more than 50 years. And they were meant to serve a very small population, but now the situation has changed. That’s why we have put in place several strategies to address water challenges in the area,” the minister said.

He noted that the 120m/- will be spent in a short term plan of 2012/2013, which is meant to increase water supply in the district from the current 1,685 litres to 2,133 litres produced a day.

Engineer Mahenge noted that Mbozi District Council has already submitted an application to the Ministry of Water, asking for an addition of 162m/-.

The money is meant to rehabilitate water supply infrastructures as well as installing power for a Water Pump. 

“If successful the programme will increase water production in the area. And this is going to be a big relief to thousands of urban dwellers in Vwawa Township,” the minister said.

Under the medium term plan (2010-2015), the government is set to spend 1.9bn/- for the construction of water infrastructures as well as establishing new water sources taking into account that the current sources are drying-off.

According to the deputy minister the government’s plan is to ensure that all people in Vwawa Township get reliable water at 80 per cent by 2015.

Mbozi district is located in the South Western part of Mbeya Region and on its south the district is bordered by Ileje district, to the East by Mbeya Rural district at the mark of Songwe river, to the North, Mbozi district extends to Lake Rukwa where it is bordered by Chunya district, whereas to the West it shares borders with Rukwa Region and the Republic of Zambia.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN