THE government reassured the National Assembly that the project to end chronic water shortages in Dar es Salaam by 2015 at the cost of 653.85bn/- is in good progress.
The Minister for Water, Prof Jumanne Maghembe, said that preliminary work has been done and that the government was optimistic to achieve its targets that will see the city having enough water supplies come 2032.
"The objectives of the programme passed in March, 2011 is to improve water availability in Dar es Salaam from the current 300 million litres to 710 million litres per day, to cut water losses, improve efficiency of water authorities and increase revenue," he said.
He added that once the project is completed it will be supplying water throughout the city and its suburbs by 2032 at the cost of 653.85bn/-. The government, he said, has already secured 178 million US dollars through a financing agreement signed in October this year with the Indian government for the expansion of Upper Ruvu's intake which will lead to the increase of water pumped from the source from 82 million litres to 196 million litres a day.
"Out of the 178 million US dollars, 132 million will be spent in implementing the Upper Ruvu project. The feasibility study for the construction of a pipeline to Kimara area was done in October and construction work will start in August 2013. We expect that it would be completed by June, 2015," he said.
Prof Maghembe said that the Lower Ruvu expansion project is also expected to increase water pumped to the city from 182 million litres to 270 litres per day. "The financing of the Lower Ruvu project has been divided in two main areas. The intake expansion and water filters is financed through Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) at the cost of 36.8 million US dollars and 60 per cent of the work has been done by now and will be completed in March 2013.
The construction of water pipelines to the city will cost 122.5bn/- from internal sources," he said. He added that the contractor to lay the pipeline has reported to the site last month and was expected to complete the work within 15 months from October 2012 to February 2014.
Prof Maghembe also noted that the government plans to use Kimbiji and Mpera water sources in Dar es Salaam where 20 wells will be drilled and pipelines be constructed to connect the city and reservoirs that would be built.