Meatu residents decry acute shortage of water

18Sep 2021
The Guardian
Meatu residents decry acute shortage of water

LACK of safe clean water to residents of Mhanhuzi Town, the headquarters of Meatu District in Simiyu Region continues to affect residents every year especially during dry seasons.

The town is affected by water woes caused by drop of water level at Mwanahina Dam, the main source for its water supply.

Speaking here mid this week at a public meeting, Simiyu Regional Commissioner David Kafulila received the call from the residents for assistance.

One of the residents, Bulolelo Daud said the challenge they face is mainly during dry seasons.

“Hon RC, our problem here is water, water, water…. has the government failed to supply us with water from Lake Victoria?” he lamented, adding that the water they get is muddy and very unfit for human consumption.

Before speaking, RC Kafulila called on the Director of Mhanhuzi-WSSA, Makongo Stephano to give an explanation.

“It is true there is this big problem, and last year the problem was very acute after our water source dried,” he said and added that the water treatment plant is overwhelmed due to long age, saying it has been in use for 12 years without repairs as normally needed.

He said the plant was constructed in 2009 targeting 24,000 residents and it was to be overhauled in 2015, especially when the number of resident has grown to 38,624.

He said his office has been making efforts to solve the problem and has reported the issue to the ministry of Water, but it has not been supplied with funds.

RC Kafulila said he has listened to their problem and added that he will work on it as quickly as possible for solution.

“Two days ago we received two pumps from the ministry that will be installed this week to assist to solve the problem temporarily, but also the government has dished out 300m/- for a water project from Semi River to increase water supply,” he added.

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