Dar es Salaam — The government has disbursed a substantial amount of funds for water development in order to reach the millennium development goals by the year 2025.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam at the opening of the seventh joint water sector meeting the Minister of Water Prof Jumanne Maghembe said since 2008 the government in collaboration with Development partners (DPs) committed funds to finance the five year WSDP phase1 from 2007/2008 to 2011/12 financial years at a cost of $951m.
Prof. Maghembe said the government committed $251m which is equivalent to 26% of the total amount while $700m which was going to be contributed by development partners was equivalent to 74% of the total costs of the project.
The minister however noted there are some delays in the implementation of the projects which has led to a hike in the implementation funds leading to delays in the execution.
He noted in order to achieve the 2000-2015 MDG's and Mkukuta 2010-2015 there is need for the government to increase access to water from 57.8% to 65% in rural areas by increasing both the coverage of sewerage services from 18% as of 2010 records to 22% by 2015 while at the same time increasing basic sanitation from 86% in 2010 t0 95% by 2015.
Maghembe added there is need to make sure all basin institutions are strengthened which will increase access to clean and safe water in rural areas to 90% saying this will also lead to universal access of water in urban areas by 2025. The minister said some of the achievements that have been realized since the inception of vision 2015 included the promotion of institutional and legal reform at transboundary while at the same time addressing multi-sectoral at both national and basin level.
Maghembe said that at the local government authority level, around 11,805 water accumulative points serving a population of 3,119,802 have been built and rehabilitated of both latrines and sensitization of people on sanitation have been realized.