Bukoba — BUKOBA Water and Sewerage Authority (BUWASA) has accumulated over 276m/- in outstanding bills, BUWASA Executive Director, Eng Chaggaka Kalimbia has disclosed.
He noted on Friday that various public departments have not settled bills of 153.1m/- and the Police Force alone has unpaid bill of 100m/- "Due to the unpaid bills the water utility had also failed to settle over 212.6m/ demanded by contractors," he said.
Despite the unpaid bills, Eng Kalimbia said BUWASA increased revenue collections from 814.1m/- during 2010/2011 to 1.1bn/- during 2012/13. He noted that over 7,000 customers are served by BUWASA out of whom 5,000 are connected with water meters.
He said over 75 per cent of 200,000 Bukoba Municipal residents depend on BUWASA for their daily water needs adding that the problem of frequent water cuts would be solved upon completion of a modern water project at Bunena. "BUWASA will soon implement a 27bn/- project to improve water supply to customers.
The project is being co-funded by the French government through its International Development Agency (AFD) in collaboration with the Tanzania government and is being implemented by TENIFAB Company from India.
The project is expected to be completed within 18 months he said. He noted that a feasibility study is being undertaken at Kifungwa, in Bukoba Municipality and 30m/- has been set aside to pay compensation to families that were evicted. He said BUWASA has a 80.5 km water pipeline, but 30 km of it in a very poor condition.
The water pipes which were laid over 60 years ago, almost 30 per cent of the water was unaccounted for mainly due to leakages. BUWASA supplies an average of 6.4 million litres of water daily, almost 91 per cent of the demand of 7.5 million litres.
BUWASA has to-date paid compensation amounting over 210.4m/- to residents in Kibeta and Bakoba Wards who were evicted to pave way for the installation of water projects.