15 February 2013

Tanzania: Japanese Firm for Safe, Potable Water

A JAPANESE firm has introduced a water treatment system that will help in supplying safe drinking water to many people, especially in remote parts of the country.

The firm launched a pilot project in Bukoba district, Kagera region of the water treatment technology which is safe, easy to use and low-cost, according to the CEO of Poly Glu Group, Eng Kanetoshi Oda. Addressing journalists and other stakeholders in Dar es Salaam, Eng Oda said that the simple type water treatment system is an innovative, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly facility that uses Japanese technology.

"It is a system that enables one to transform muddy and unsafe water into clean and potable water by using a special type of powder," Eng Oda said. AS part of the pilot project in Bukoba, the company has built two water treatment plants with the aim of being able to supply 20 litres of water every day at the cost of two UD dollars per month to a household.

"Our goal is to make local people understand that they are able to make a new water supply point by themselves through the profit from people. "We would like to make model water supply points with support from the Japanese government to demonstrate to people that our business can improve people's health, create new jobs and make profits to water management committees as well," Eng Oda said.

Eng Oda said that they believe that some people will try to establish water selling points of their own as they have already received inquiries from various quarters about the same. He also called for proper monitoring and guidance by the government as their proposal will help to solve water problems in the country in the next three to five years.

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