Ministry set for 100bn/- less in new fiscal year

13May 2022
Songa wa Songa
The Guardian
Ministry set for 100bn/- less in new fiscal year

UP to the end of last month, the Ministry of Water had already received 95per cent of its approved budget for the current financial, year, standing at 778.9bn/-, minister Jumaa Aweso told the National Assembly yesterday.

Jumaa Aweso.

He made this observation in the background of 709.3bn/-estimates for the next financial year, reflecting a diminution of assured expectations of funding sources for numerous development projects being undertaken by national institutions and regional water agencies all over the country.

The minister said that the government had submitted proposals to the Global Water Partnership (GWP) seeking to secure an annual USD 30 billion (over 69.7trn/-) to enable the government to meet the clean and safe water for all target by 3030.

He said the request reflects the need to implement a number of projects meant to meet global Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number six on the provision of “clean water and sanitation for all.”

“The Water ministry has submitted write-ups on a number of strategic water projects seeking to secure funds through the Global Water Partnership agenda,” he said.

GWP is an international network created to foster an integrated approach to water resources management and provide practical advice for the sustainable management of water resources.

It operates as a network open to all organisations, including government institutions, UN agencies, bi- and multi-lateral development banks, professional associations, research institutions, NGOs and the private sector.

The minister said Tanzania’s water resource status shows that water is in abundance both on the surface and underground, but faces challenges relating to investment in the infrastructure needed to take it to consumers.

He said Tanzania receives 126bn cubic meters of water annually, “with 105bn cubic meters being readily available on the ground and the remainder lying underground.”

“As of April 2022, annual water demand in the country was 47bn cubic meters – equivalent to 37.37 per cent of the total available resources,” he said, noting that the demand is projected to increase to 80bn cubic meters annually by 2030.

Available water per capita annually stood at 2,250 cubic meters by 2019 (when the country’s population was estimated at 55.9m), while universal minimum demand is pegged at 1,700 cubic meters, where anything below that level induces “water stress” on wide sections of the population.

“Therefore, Tanzania is not among countries facing water stress,” the minister noted, urging water users to do more to protect water sources, construct infrastructure for storage and supply, mitigate climate change and improve efficiency in water use.

Alongside its numerous surface water sources available in the country, Tanzania boasts transboundary water sources such as lakes Victoria, Tanganyika, Nyasa, Natron, Chala and Jipe as well as Kagera, Mara, Malagarasi, Momba, Mwiruzi, Umba, Ruvuma and Songwe rivers.

“This number makes Tanzania one among African countries most blessed with transboundary water sources,” he said.

The management and development of these sources is a collaborative effort involving Tanzania and other countries within the Great Lakes Region, he added.