7 November 2012

Tanzania: Govt Sets Clean Water Targets for Rural Areas

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Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete (file photo).

THE government revealed that plans were underway to provide safe and clean water to 65 per cent of all villages by 2014.

Deputy Minister for Water, Dr Binilith Mahenge said that the plans will be made possible through the Water Sector Development Programme (WSDP) in collaboration with development partners. Dr Mahenge noted that since the financial year 2007/2008, some 9,546 quick result projects have been implemented benefiting 2,386,500 villagers.

He was responding to a question by Ms Jenista Mhagama (Peramiho-CCM) who wanted to know why, despite many district councils having met the criteria and got the permission to announce tenders for water projects through World Bank (WB) sponsorship such projects have not been executed.

She also wanted to know why the same projects despite using so much monies in the preliminary stages of feasibility studies have been left unfinished. Dr Mahenge noted that in Songea District, only five water projects were rehabilitated and 31 boreholes were drilled and installed with pumps.

"Up to October 31, this year, some 103 district councils got permission to start water projects in 211 villages," he said. "The government has already sent 318.39m/- to the Songea District Council for implementation of water projects in villages of Maweso, Masigira, Likuyufusi and Liweta," he said.

Dr Mahenge noted, however, that following the increase in the budget the district council in question has been allocated 1.154bn/- which is an increase of 536.85m/- for the implementation of water projects in Mkongotema and Magingo villages. Meanwhile, Dr Mahenge told the National Assembly that water crisis in Bukoba Rural District will soon be history.

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