Speaking here yesterday to reporters, RUWASA manager for Tanga Region Upendo Lugongo said the supply of piped water in the region was now at 62.5 per cent and 54 per cent in small towns, saying it was the result of the government’s policy that requires people not to be more than 400 metres from piped water.
She said during the fifth five phase of government a total of 54 projects costing 19bn/- were implemented and 64 projects costing 27bn/- were ongoing.
She said there are 30 projects dubbed ‘Lipa kwa Matokeo Makubwa’(BVR) that have been implemented this year and that this year alone they had received 1.2bn/-.
"In 30 projects will be implemented, five will be constructed, 10 will be refurbished and 15 will be have their water supply coverage expanded,” Upendo said.
She said Handeni District has three big water projects costing 28bn/- that will address water supply challenges, and whose supply is currently at 40.5 per cent.
She said Kilindi, Mkinga and Muheza districts have 7 big projects, while Pangani District has 10 projects valued at 100bn/- and Tanga City has two water projects valued at 360m/-.
She called upon all people to take care of water infrastructures including sources and reminded that the new water law imposes a fine of between 100,000/- to 5m/- fine for anyone who had destroyed water infrastructures including water sources.
RUWASA manager for Pangani District Rajabu Yahaya said the formation of Water Consuming Communities and Executive Councils had helped in the increase of revenues from water consumers.