Over 3,000 villagers benefit from Sh274m water scheme

04Nov 2018
Friday Simbaya
Guardian On Sunday
Over 3,000 villagers benefit from Sh274m water scheme

RESIDENTS of Kidabaga village in the district have something to smile following the construction and rehabilitation of the gravity and pumping water supply scheme.

The projects is being implemented by Water Resources Integration Development Initiative (WARIDI) in partnership with local government at district level.

Together, they have managed to install installed new water supply infrastructures and repairing worn out water system.
USAID Tanzania WARIDI Chief of Party (COP) Jeffrey Povolny said the intervention will enable more than 3,032 people to have access to safe and clean water.

WARIDI has constructed an infiltration gallery, a sedimentation chamber, electrifying the pump house, a sump well with capacity of 100,000 litres and installing it with a new submersible pump.

Povolny said Kidabaga water scheme had been completed with the help of the American people in collaboration with Kidabaga community and Kilolo district council.

According to him the project has been implemented in six months from December 2017 to June 2018 at a costs of Sh273,995,494/-.

"We acknowledge stakeholders’ participation to ensure water is available to local communities,” he said.

He said, it was their hope that the community’s own water supply organization (COWSO) will continue to operate and maintain the scheme to ensure project sustainability.

Village Executive Officer for Kidabaga village Haruna Nyome on said the project will improve the well being of the community.
Kilolo District Commissioner Asia Abdallah who was speaing on behald of the regional commissioner Ally Hapi said the needed protection from the villagers to ensure its sustainability.

WARIDI project, is working closely with Kilolo and Iringa LGAs in implementing eight water schemes in seven rural areas and kilolo urban.

Such projects include Kidabaga pumping and gravity scheme, Ihimbo gravity scheme, Irindi gravity, Kilolo gravity scheme, Ng'uruhe gravity scheme, Mgama gravity, Magubike gravity scheme and Ifunda gravity and pumping scheme.

The intervention of the project includes, the construction of new water storage tanks, rehabilitation of existing water storage tanks, rehabilitation, expansion of water distribution networks.

The project also focuses on water distribution points (DPs), repairing of existing DPs, installation of electricity service line transformer, procurement and installation of water pumps and construction of new water intakes and metering of water DPs.

Upon completion the eight projects are estimated to cost over Sh2.7billion, benefiting 52,763 people based on 2017 population census report.