Speaking at a function to install the plant held at Oldonyo Sambu primary school, Arusha district executive director, Dr Wilson Mahera said the plant has been tested by professional engineers from the company headquarters in China.
He said the plant has been purchased by the government through the ministry of water. He said plant known as ‘Capacity of Dionization System (CDI)’, has the capacity to reduce fluoride in water.
“Apart from reducing fluoride in water, the plant can also purify salted water to drinking quality using modern water treatment technology. With this plant, citizens are going to drink clean and safe water”, said Dr Mahera.
He said the plant has the capacity to reduce fluoride in water from 18.7 milligrams to 0.37 milligrams.
Oldonyo Sambu ward councilor, Raymond Lairumbe thanked the government for providing them with the water treatment plant as the residents were exposed to high fluoride drinking water.
Speaking on behalf of the villagers, Lemanda village executive officer, Gaspar Mollel said: “Our people were using unsafe water for domestic activities. We are now happy that our people will no longer be exposed to health risks due to consumption of unsafe water”.
Water laboratory technician, Jovitus Kichumu said that the amount of fluoride in the water is 18.7 milligrams, which is not suitable for domestic consumption. He said that with the plant, the fluoride levels in the water will be reduced to 0.37 milligrams.
According to Water Minister, Prof Makame Mbarawa, the government aims at ensuring availability of clean and safe water to its people by 2020. He said the ruling party's manifesto requires that 95 percent of urban residents and 75 percent in rural areas be connected with clean and safe water services by 2020.