Five of the contracts signed in Dar es Salaam were inked by the Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Authority (DAWASA), contractors and suppliers while the sixth was signed by DAWASA and the World Bank.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Minister for Water Prof Makame Mbarawa said implementation of those projects will bring to around 95 percent access to clean water countrywide by late next year.
He said out of the total fund signed in the water project, 40bn/ was from internal sources,, thus calling for contractors to speed up work o that they finish on time.
Prof Mbarawa further said that overpricing in water projects was a major challenge in the ministry, and it involves an entire chain of unfaithful officials.
He noted that the ministry has initiated measures to review some water project contracts to get the actual construction costs.
“We shall review them one after another to get the actual price. We have also cancelled tenders to some contractors who had poorly performed in previous contracts,” he said.
Citing a water project in Makete in Njombe region, he said the initial quotation was over 2.3bn/- but after review it dropped to 1.6bn/-.
He urged those selected to work in the engineering estimation to ensure that they work faithfully and with integrity by setting quotations that reflect the real value of the projects.
The minister said the government will by September start implementing a major water project worth 1.2 trn/- to supply water countrywide.
For his part, the DAWASA Board Chairman (rtd) General Davis Mwamunyange said that once the project was completed it would increase the uptake from 85 percent t 95 percent.
He said despite all efforts made by the government, the demand for clean and safe water in districts like Kibaha was still high, with DAWASA working on the problem.
Water Deputy Minister Juma Awesu said that unscrupulous contractors in the water sector present a big challenge, noting that the ministry was filtering them.
DAWASA Executive Director Cyprian Luhemeja said out of the 114.5 bn/- signed in the contract, Dar es Salaam region will get 77bn/- to implement its water projects.
He said DAWASA has registered remarkable success in revenue collection, reaching out from 3.2 bn/- per month in 2015 to 11.2bn/- per month at present.
He assured water users in the Dar es Salaam that DAWASA does not intend to increase water bill charges.
Luhemeja said among the projects to be implemented were water supply project Kisarawe –Pugu (13.5 kilometres) worth over 8.5 bn/- implemented by Chico will benefit 450,000 residents.
Another is the water project in Mkuranga implemented by Shanxi Construction Engineering Corporation and Mineral Company costing 2.6bn/-, which stands to benefit an estimated 25,000 residents.
A project to supply water from tanks based at the Hill, the University of Dar es Salaam to Bagamoyo (59 kilometres) implemented by Chengdu Industrial Installation Corporation from China at a cost of 77bn/, is expected to benefit around 750,000 residents.
The Jet to Buza project, a 7.5 kilometres stretch priced at over 1.6 bn/- will benefit 173,810 people, along with 20 drilled boreholes in Kimbiji and Mpera priced at 18bn/- .
The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Water minister and his deputy, the Minister of State in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments) Suleiman Jafo and the Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Abdallah Ulega, district commissioners for Dar es Salaam and Coast regions, among other stakeholders.