Don’t charge villagers high water rates, DC tells RUWASA

04Jul 2020
The Guardian
Don’t charge villagers high water rates, DC tells RUWASA

​​​​​​​NKASI District Commissioner in Rukwa Region Said Mtanda has called on Rural Water and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) not to charge people high water rates that may force some of them to stop using clean and safe water.

​​​​​​​NKASI District Commissioner in Rukwa Region Said Mtanda.

Mtanda expressed worries that when people stop using safe and clean water they invite the eruption of water borne diseases which will make them spend more money for treatment.

The DC issued the appeal on Thursday when opening a one day meeting that brought together RUWASA officials in the district as well as village water committees. The meeting was aimed at enhancing the capacity of the officials to collect funds to finance sustainable water projects.

Mtanda said many villages lack water supply services into the homes and only get it through communal standpipes. He said that village leaders make estimations on how much each of the users pays for the service per month.

One of those in attendance at the meeting who is the Secretary of the village water committee, Joyce Sabuni thanked RUWASA for the service rendered as of now women are not faced with the challenge in fetching water from long distances.

Earlier, Nkasi District Council Executive Director, Missana Kwangula called on the people to contribute to the water service as the money is used in repairs of the infrastructures and purchasing of water treatment chemicals.

The 2017 National Environmental Status Report indicates that by 2016 only 6 between 10 people (59.7 percent) had access to clean and safe water in rural areas while 9 out of 10 people access clean and safe water in urban areas.

With approximately 60 percent of the country’s population having access to water, over 50 percent of Tanzanians spend more than 30 minutes searching for the precious liquid. Tanzanians spend at least 5 percent of their income on water against the international standard which is 2 percent.