Kinondoni to improve water supply in unplanned settlements

23Jan 2018
Crispin Gerald
The Guardian
Kinondoni to improve water supply in unplanned settlements

KINONDONI District Council in partnership with an NGO—Brac Maendeleo Tanzania, have launched a project aimed at improving water supply in unplanned settlements.

Four wards are expected to benefit from the water project which includes Bonde la Mpunga, Uzuri, Hananasif and Kigogo.

Dubbed: “The last 100 meters” a 16 months research project is developed on the rationale that the last improvements to portable water supply to millions poor urban people in the developing world.

Speaking to reporters over the weekend in Dar es Salaam district environment officer Mohammed Msangi who represented Kinondoni district commissioner Ali Hapi said that the project is crucial in the area as it help to improve hygiene and to reduce the risk of possible outbreak of the epidemic diseases like cholera.

He added the municipal is not satisfied with the presence of poor environment in the area calling for citizens to adhere to hygiene in order to avoid outbreak of diseases.

“The municipal will continue to educate the resident on the better means for improving the environments as well as punishing those who pollute the environments,” he said.

“The residents are directly involved in polluting the environment and keep complaining to the municipal that it is not working on its responsibilities,” he added.

Msangi issued warning to the resident in the area to stop dumping the waste in the sewerage systems as it obstructs water flowing.

For her part, Brac Tanzania’s senior action research officer Will-elimina Selestine said that the project funded by Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) is implemented in collaboration with Lancaster University of UK and a network of Manchester, The University of Dhaka, Ardhi University, CSE and Water Aid.

She added that the aim of the project is to examine the extent to which neglect of sewage removal from unplanned settlements limits accessibility to safe water and sanitation.

“But also to exploring sustainable water safety and sanitation safely practices that would improve quality of drinking water,” he explained.

The research addresses a critical challenge about how to transform water and sanitation infrastructure and practice in a relatively small space leading to measurable improvements to quality of water and sanitation management for poor urban people.

She detailed that the project will engage four urban settlements of Bonde la Mpunga, Uzuri, Hananasif and Kigogo where 200 households in each settlement will be subjected to water safety plan, sanitation safety plan, training on portable water safety and sanitation.

For her part, acting chairman of the local government Kandida Kapilima said that the main challenge of the area is wrong placement of water infrastructures in the area that hinder smooth flow of water.

She said that the area is always characterized by polluted water from the toilets accompanied by solid waste that flows directly to water systems and block water pipes.

Kapilima added that despite the awareness given to them about the importance of conserving the environment most of them still pollute the water.

“In  efforts to control the situation we are planning to visit every household that dump  waste  into the streets.