631m/-for construction of grand water project in Mbarali District

21Jan 2022
The Guardian
631m/-for construction of grand water project in Mbarali District

​​​​​​​THE government has set aside 631m/- for the construction of a grand water project at Itamboleo ward in Mbarali District, Mbeya Region where over 20,000 residents are set to benefit.

District Commissioner (DC), Reuben Mfune.

District Commissioner (DC), Reuben Mfune made the statement here at a meeting which involved residents in Itamboleo and the contractor who won the tender to implement the project.

He said the funds are part of the 1.3trn/- loan provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to support Tanzania’s efforts in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic by addressing the urgent health, humanitarian, and economic costs.

DC Mfune said that President Samia Suluhu Hassan has issued the funds to implement the project and ensure that residents are supplied with enough clean and safe water.

Eng Samwel Hechei, manager of the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) in Mbarali said the project is implanted in two phases where the first phase will involve construction of a 300,000-litre water tank, eight water supply centres, a banner and the construction of a 15.9-km pipeline network. .

He explained that the second phase will be implemented in the villages of Matebete, Mbalino and Kapunga and will involve the construction of a 72.2-km pipeline network, 200,000 litres as well as the construction of 19 water points. This will cost a total of 3.9m/-.

Mbarali District CCM Chairman Hashimu Mwalyawa commended the government for implementing the ruling party’s Election Manifesto by bringing the mega water project at the ward as the area was facing acute shortage of water.

He urged the residents to show full cooperation in the implementation of the project and make sure that they protect it once completed by avoiding stealing its infrastructures.

Twalibu Lubandano, Itamboleo ward councillor said the area once completed, the water project will provide relief to the villagers who have for a long time been suffering due to scarcity of water.

He said the project will bring more joy to women as they are then ones who are forced to wake up early in the morning, travelling long distances to get the precious liquid.

The implementation of the project was signed on January 10, this year and is expected to be implemented within six months and once completed will benefit a total of 22,543 residents in the ward.