6 November 2012

Tanzania: Leaking Pipes Fuelling Water Shortages - Minister

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Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete (file photo).

THE Minister of State (environment), Ms Fatma Abdulhabib Fereji, has pointed out that leaking pipes are partly to blame for the shortage of water in many parts of Zanzibar.

In minimizing the problem, Fereji appealed to the Zanzibar Water Authority (ZAWA) to take urgent measures and make sure that leaking pipes are replaced or repaired.

"The water loss is not good news. ZAWA should make sure that pipes, pumping machines, and reserve tanks are safe from seepages to save water," said Fereji after a brief tour to Nungwi Village to inspect water projects in the area. The minister also asked the water authority to fence water source and reserve areas to protect them from pollution and reduce health risks.

Nungwi is one of the villages in Zanzibar which has been facing critical shortages of water for domestic use, but soon the problem will end after the implementation of a water project in the area. The project is supported by Japan through UNDP. Fereji joined Nungwi residents to thank Japan for the support of more than 539.4m/-, aimed at saving the villagers from water problems.

A reserve tank measuring 174 cubic metres installed in the area is anticipated to store enough water for the people. According to Sheha Mjaja, director of the department of environment, the Nungwi water project which started in September last year is expected to conclude by December, this year. Water has been a problem in Nungwi, one of the coastal areas with big number of tourists' hotels.

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