17 February 2013

Tanzania: Kinondoni DC Pleads for Lifting of Ban On Public Water Kiosks

KINONDONI District authorities have ordered the Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation (DAWASCO) to lift a ban on public water kiosks in several areas of the district to allow residents draw clean and safe water.

Kinondoni District Commissioner, Mr Jordan Rugimbana further instructed local government leaders in the areas to form probe committees to investigate the claims that some residents had violated regulations that govern the operations of the kiosks.

"Those who would be proven to have defaulted payment of DAWASCO water bills and stealing water from the designated water supply points should be taken to task," he said. More than thirteen private owned water kiosks, which fall under the Kinondoni Municipal community supported water kiosks project were banned from selling water in Kinondoni district after a crackdown conducted by the council recently.

The operation was meant to establish those who were defaulting payments which covered the areas of Magomeni, Kimara, Ubungo and surrounding areas in the district. "Many areas of Dar es Salaam face serious shortage of water supply, including Kinondoni district," he said.

He advised DAWASCO to work with the local government committees formed to work out strategies that will help to address water problems in the district. Dawasco Operations Officer, Jasper Kirango said that his organization was partly to blame because it was not meeting standards in terms of water supplied to their clients.

"Some people sell water which is dirty, because sometimes the water supplied by DAWASCO is not purified before it is delivered to customers," he said. He also admitted that lack of water supply equipment and vehicles had allowed some traders to use contaminated water tanks to supply water in the market.

"Sometimes lack of water cleaning agents can cause serious health problems to consumers, which could lead to outbreak of diarrhoea and cholera," he said. Some local leaders who attended the meeting convened at the DC's office said that water for domestic use is a big problem because it is available only one or two days a week in their areas.

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