Plans underway to construct water sewage recycling plant

02Dec 2016
James Kandoya
The Guardian
Plans underway to construct water sewage recycling plant

THE government yesterday said that at least 200 billion US dollars will be used to construct water sewage recycling plant in Dar es Salaam as a necessary intervention to improve sanitation.

Engineer Gerson Lwenge

Minister for Water and Irrigation Engineer Gerson Lwenge disclosed yesterday on the sideline of the 11th Joint Water Sector Review meeting held in Dar es Salaam.

He said the construction will be implemented under the sponsorship of the Korean government through National Sanitation Campaign.

He said the plant will be recycling water sewage within the city centre in Ilala and Magomeni suburb to catch up with water supply.

The minister explained that the government in collaboration with development partners had enabled to provide clean and safe water to 86 per cent of the urban population and 72 per cent of the rural population by June 2016.

According to the minister, sewage system had reached coverage of 20 per cent while targeting to reach 30 per cent by 2021.

He said currently the improved sanitation had reached 52.6 per cent by June 2016 while the target was to reach 75 per cent by 2020.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), chief of water sanitation hygiene, Tanzania office, Kiwe Sebunya said that globally, and the number of people in sub Saharan Africa without access to sanitation had increased since 1990.

He said in Tanzania improved sanitation coverage was 34.1 per-cent-that is out of every 3 households only one had improved toilet.

He further said that women and girls were disproportionally affected by poor sanitation and hygiene given their role as primary managers of wash at household level.

“I would like to urge the government and development partners to double our efforts towards prioritisation and mobilisation of resources for sanitation and hygiene,” she said.

“There is also urgent need for sector participation in the development of national policy as public resources usually follow policy,” he added.

Civil Society Organisation Representative, (CSO’s) Josephine Lemoyani pointed out that Tanzania’s overhaul status on sanitation was still unacceptable,

She said the joint monitoring programme of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) of 2015 reported that only 16 per cent of the population had access to improved sanitation while 6.3 per cent million practiced open defecation.

She insisted that efforts to readdress the human toll of disease and indignity must be redoubled with emphasis on school WASH programme for women and girls.

“It will be hard to reach the vision 2015 of the universal access to safe water unless we adjust our focus to meet full financing requirements of all components of Water Supply Development Programme-Phase II (WDSP),” he said.

“We are therefore calling for proper planning, quantification, clear articulation, and timely delivery of adequate financing for water resources Management under Component 1 that will suffice to attain sustainable water security for all and ensure the present and future growth,” he added.

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