Ministry of Water issued six weeks ultimatum to Iringa Urban Water

18Jul 2020
The Guardian Reporter
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Ministry of Water issued six weeks ultimatum to Iringa Urban Water

PERMANENT Secretary in the Ministry of Water Eng Anthony Sanga has issued six weeks ultimatum to the Iringa Urban Water Supply Agency (IRUWASA) and the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) to address water shortages facing residents in Isimani division, Iringa Rural.

He made the directives on Thursday when he visited the   area and expressed dissatisfaction on the progress of the construction work.

Speaking, the deputy PS didn’t agree with the experts’ explanation that the multi-billion project is scheduled to be completed in June 2021.

“I don’t agree with your proposal that people will start getting water next year after the whole project is completed, I have seen the water situation here at Ismani is not good, we cannot wait until the water tank is completed, we have to think outside the box and come up with alternative ways to ensure that we supply the essential serviced to the people within the next few months,” Eng Sanga stressed.

Eng Sanga noted that as per the ministry’s directives, all water projects should be completed in time so as to provide steady water services to the public who have suffered for years due to lack of water supply.

“I know that the expenses to bring water to Ismani costs 600m/-, let me assure you that by July 20, the ministry will dish out 200m/- to ensure that the project implantation goes faster, so start preparing yourself for the race, water pipes should be purchased and installed immediately,” Eng Sanga told the authorities.

IRUWASA technical manager Eng Fabian Maganga assured the deputy PS that they are going to implement all the directives on time to enable steady water supply in Ismani division.

According to him, the implementation of the general Kilolo-Ismani project will cost 9.27bn/- and commenced on April 15, 2020.

“So far, the ministry has issued 450m/- to implement the project and the work has started, a total of 58,821 residents in 29 villages are set to benefit from the project. This involves 24 villages of Ismani division and five villages of Kilolo,” he said.

He said that the project fetches water from Ruaha River which has plenty of water to serve the communities in all villages.

Reports show that, only 57 percent of Tanzania’s population has access to an improved source of safe water, and only 34 percent of Tanzania’s population has access to improved sanitation. Under these circumstances, the poor, particularly women and girls spend a significant amount of time travelling some distance to collect water.

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