19 March 2012

Tanzania: TBL Gives 25 TZN Million to Drill Water Wells

Geita — MORE than 3,000 residents of Mkolani village in Geita District will start getting clean and safe water after Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) dished out 25m/- to support drilling of three water boreholes in the area.

The money was given to authorities over the weekend by TBL Communications and Public Relations Manager, Editha Mushi, in a ceremony attended by Geita District Water Engineer, Daudi Kweke and Mkolani Village Executive, Anitha Aloys. Ms Mushi, who was accompanied by TBL Geita District Sales Manager, Issa Msuya, said her company was compelled to support the village after they had received requests from village heads and after TBL established how serious the problem was.

"TBL was asked by village officials to support them in getting clean and safe water to more than 3,000 people who live in this village, through our No Water No Life Programme which aims at supporting facilitation of water projects in the country and hence help to reduce the problem of water shortages.

"TBL has allocated 3bn/- for the programme which started in 2009," she said. She advised Mkolani village members to come up with strategies of adding more boreholes and also to form a committee to oversee the management of the water facilities to make them sustainable.

On his part, Sweke thanked TBL and advised that formation of the committee should consider balancing genders and individuals who do not hold other positions in the village. Representative of Dydrotech Development Agencies Community, which won the tender to drill and construct the boreholes, Mr Enock Kangasa, said the work has just started and they expect to complete the project in April this year.

"We have surveyed the areas where we will be drilling the boreholes and we are satisfied that there is enough water in the selected points, we expect to complete this project by April 20 this year," said Mr Kangasa. The Nyamakale street head in Mkolani Village, Sezya Mashilungu, asked Dydrotech Development Agencies Community to make sure it constructs the water facilities to the expected standards without delays so that it meets expectations of the villagers and TBL.

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