Water firms told to beef up supplies to 75p.c. of clientele

26Nov 2017
James Kandoya
Guardian On Sunday
Water firms told to beef up supplies to 75p.c. of clientele

MINISTER for Water and Irrigation Isack Kamwelwe has directed water supply firms in the country to ensure water supply increases by 75 per cent next year.

MINISTER for Water and Irrigation Isack Kamwelwe

He issued the order at the official opening of the Association of Tanzanian Water Suppliers’ (ATAWAS) annual general meeting which was held in Tanga region over the weekend.

The minister said all district councils have a duty to ensure that water supply reached 95 per cent in urban areas and 85 per cent in rural areas by 2020.

“I would like to remind all councils to ensure they reach 75 per cent water supply by next year,” he said.

“Those councils which might not meet the target should come to my office to discuss alternative ways to ensure the target is met,” he added.

The ATAWAS annual general meeting is held every year to provide a forum where the suppliers can exchange experiences.

For his part, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation Prof Kitila Mkumbo assured water suppliers of continued government collaboration to ensure that people are supplied with clean and quality water.

“We are here as top officials in the ministry to ensure that the goal of ensuring our people get clean and quality water is attained to free the people from diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea,” he said.

The ATAWAS meeting this year was held in Tanga region from November 23 to 25.

The government of Tanzania has embarked on a major sector reform process since 2002 while an ambitious National Water Sector Development Strategy that promotes integrated water resources management and the development of urban and rural water supply was adopted in 2006.