The implementation followed President John Magufuli’s directives in April last year during his visit to the region after receiving complaints from town residents.
A team of Water Ministry officials accompanied by officials from Mbeya Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (Mbeya-WSSA) and those from Rural and Urban Water and Sanitation Authority (RUWASA) visited the project at the weekend.
Water Ministry head of ICT Joash Nyitambe, who leads the team said they decided to visit the project to ascertain whether it was completed as reported and whether the funds provided was appropriately spent.
Nyitambe said the project was among the country’s important projects due to its high cost and aimed to serve residents of Mbalizi town and its environs.
“The project is going on well, and the town’s residents also say they are satisfied with the services being provided, and the rate have also gone down different to what it was previously,” he said, and called on the residents to protect the project’s infrastructures. `
Ndele Mengo, Mbeya-WSSF director said before the completion of the project, Mbalizi town was among areas with acute water shortages.
He said residents used to buy a 20-litre bucket of water at between 300/- to 500/-, adding that the project also created employment for various people.
Mengo said they were now uprooting the old pipelines and replace them with new ones to avoid pipe bursts and leakages.
Veronica Wiliadi, Mbalizi water consumer, thanked the government for implementing the project, saying even in areas where people avoided to live in the areas due to acute water shortage were now back to their homes.