9 February 2013

Tanzania: Chinese Brace to Solve City Water Problems

Water problems facing Arusha City are likely to come to an end during 2013/14 fiscal year when the Arusha Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (AUWSA) implements a $ 158 million water project courtesy of the Chinese Government

The Authority's Executive Director, Eng. Ruth Koya said last week the the project would massively improve water supply in the sprawling newly accredited city of Arusha. The loan agreement has already been signed.

She said before the loan disbursement, representatives from the Chinese Government will visit the areas which will benefit from the project which involve provision of clean safe water and sewage disposal

"We are expecting the project to be implemented during 2013/14 and the Authority is collaborating with the Arusha Regional authorities in order solve water and sewerage problems that are looming larger as populations increases and high rise buildings are erected," said Eng. Koya.

The project will add more new water sources which include boreholes, springs and surface water as well as pump water

from Lake Duluti where the Pangani Water Basin Authority has researching into it . The lake lies about 11 kilometres east of Arusha.

She said current requirement of Arusha City is 93,127 million cubic litres of water but at the amount only between 32 and 45 million cubic litres are available for consumption.

She mentioned the areas facing acute water problems in the city as Engutoto, Njiro, Oloirieni, Sombetini, Terat, Baraa, Olasiti, and Moshono.

To alleviate the problem Eng. Koya said they have already drilled two boreholes for Sokon One and Sombetini wards and that they were in final stages of completing a small water project that will produce about 105 cubic litres per hour.

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