According to Water and Irrigation Minister Isaack Kamwelwe, the situation is worst in Dar es Salaam whose sanitation network covers just 10 percent of the city area. Most residents of the country’s commercial capital depend on self-made septic tanks to collect waste water.
Eng Kamwelwe was speaking after meeting with representatives of the French Development Agency (AFD), which provides financial support for the implementation of various water-related projects in the country including supply and sanitation.
The minister said the government has secured about $90 million from the Korean government for water and sanitation projects in Tanzania. For Dar es Salaam alone, AFD has provided 135 million euros for the improvement of the sanitation network in Temeke District.
The French agency has also provided a further 70 million euros for water supply and sanitation projects in Morogoro Region, while other sanitation network constructions are currently in progress in various urban areas countrywide.
They include Lindi, Rukwa, Kigoma, Kagera, Mara, and Mwanza regions.
Eng Kamwelwe appealed to AFD to consider funding similar projects in Dodoma Region as the government plans to complete its move to the new capital in the near future.
“We are currently giving priority to construction of sanitation networks whenever implementing water supply projects,” he said, adding:
“We have agreed to work closely for successful implementation of these projects…the government will also work to ease procurements since some projects are delayed due to cumbersome procurement procedures.”
The minister however insisted that all concerned parties should make sure that all project requirements are taken into consideration during the preparation of a final financial agreement to avoid unnecessary delays.
AFD country representative Emmanuel Baudran said the French government has been using its taxpayers’ money to support several projects in Tanzania, including budget finance support.
According to Baudran, AFD funding in Tanzania is channelled towards three main sectors; rural electrification, water, and sanitation.
“We will in the near future start implementing projects in Shinyanga and Morogoro regions,” he said, adding that the agreement for the Morogoro project will be signed early next year.