DAR ES SALAAM Water and Sewerage Company (DAWASCO) loses 46 per cent of water due to poor infrastructure and vandalism hence posing a serious challenge to provide adequate service to the public.
DAWASCO's Project Manager, Mr Romanus Mwang'ingo, said in the city that some people have done illegal connections of water while others use pumps thus depriving other customers the service.
"We have arrested several people to that effect but the problem is still prevalent in most areas of the city," said the project manager while briefing the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Mr Saidi Meck Sadiki, who visited different water projects in the city and Coast region.
Mr Mwang'ingo said the company was planning to construct sewerage treatment plant at Jangwani valley in Kinondoni municipality, saying the project is to start next year and would increase the company's capacity to serve city residents with 30 per cent of sewerage system.
"So far, only ten per cent of the city is covered with sewerage system as the system was meant for public institutions as well as small number of residencies," he said. The Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Mr Saidi Meck Sadiki, directed the company to jointly carry out their operations with police force to arrest those who have made illegal connections of water.
"The government will not tolerate those who have illegally connected water while others lack the services," said the RC. The Minister for Water, Prof Jumanne Maghembe recently said the country expects to attain average water availability targets of between 90 and 100 per cent in major regional urban centres throughout the country by December 2014, but has doubts of meeting the 65 per cent targets for rural areas.
"Currently, water and sanitation projects have been completed in Tanga, Moshi, Arusha, Mbeya, Iringa, Songea, Mtwara and Shinyanga that aim at providing over 95 per cent water coverage," he said. Prof Magembe said that projects currently under implementation are in Dar es Salaam, Lindi, Kibaha, Bukoba, Musoma, Sumbawanga, Babati and Kigoma while those under construction were in Morogoro, Dodoma, Singida and Tabora.
He said that there were a number of things that brought about doubt in attaining the Millennium Development Goals for water and the Poverty Reduction Strategy for rural mainland Tanzania.
He cited the lengthy and bureaucratic procedures within his ministry and World Bank on the issue of no objection in contractors and project consultants as well as the choice by some districts of sources of water that do not follow the basic realities of cost of the choice made, speed of implementation, resources available and future operations and maintenance work needed.
"At the moment, wells are being sunk next to the water pipeline from Lake Victoria to Shinyanga instead of giving the people clean and purified water from the water pipe at probably 10 per cent of the current price. I call upon my team to look very closely at these projects," he said.