Samia adds 500m/- to 17.7bn/- water project

23Mar 2022
James Kandoya
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Samia adds 500m/- to 17.7bn/- water project

​​​​​​​PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan yesterday said that the government has disbursed an additional 500m/- to the Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Authority (DAWASA) to complete the supply and distribution infrastructure in the ongoing 17.7bn/- project in Coast Region.

DAWASA chief executive office Cyprian Luhemeja said that the water project will supply clean water to more than 200,000 residents, having a 5.4m litres capacity, with implementation starting July 2019. Since then the total coast has ballooned to 19bn/-, he said.

The president assured the DAWASA management and the audience that if the additional money is properly utilized, the government will release more funds to make sure that the project is properly completed.

The project launch came at the right time as the government marks the Water Week, observed on March 23 to 27 each year, she said, highlighting that additional funds are meant to cater for the first phase of water distribution to villages and wards.

Completing the Mlandizi water project will help to eliminate the threat of epidemics, she said, urging Chalinze district residents to protect water infrastructures for prolonged sustainability in the coming decades.

She commended the DAWASA management for what has been done so far, urging the entity to focus on water supply and distribution. The minister, Jumaa Aweso said that the government had implemented 463 water projects in a period of one year, again referring to the 500m/- expected to be issued to DAWASA to ensure supply and distribution of clean water to all residents in the zone.

The project will serve residents of Chalinze, Ubena Zomozi, Ngerengere and Mboga with clean and safe water, an extensive area in Bagamoyo district, and while in Kibaha district one ward so far lacking assured water supply will be reached later in July.

In the wider Dar es Salaam metropolitan area, the government had disbursed 25bn/- to implement water projects especially procuring water pipes in the past year, he said.

The water week is devoted to raising awareness on public responsibility in water conservation initiatives, especially the need to protect and conserve the country's water resources, the minister added.