Sumbawanga — ABOUT 124,204 residents of Sumbawanga in Rukwa region facing water shortages will be mitigated by 2020 following the ongoing construction of a water project at the cost of over 35bn/-.
Sumbawanga Urban Sewerage and Sanitation (Suwasa) Manager, Mr Antipas Shirima told the 'Sunday News' that upon completion of the water project, water production would be increased to 23,000 cubic litres per day by 2020.
According to Mr Shirima, the actual water needs to residents of Sumbawanga is currently at 10,000 cubic litres per day while production stands at 6,000 cubic litres per day during rainy seasons and 3,000 cubic litres per day during dry season.
Construction of the project is divided in two, the first of which has been completed by 90 per cent and is on trail and another is a three town upgrading water project scheduled to be accomplished by March 17 next year.
According to Mr Shirima, the government through its Water Development Programme has also drilled eight deep wells and put in place water pumps and pipes laid from the drilled deep wells to Sumbawanga.
Pipes covering 46 kilometres have also been laid down and upon completion of the immediate water project it would cost over 5bn/- and would have the capacity of producing 4,000 cubic litres of water per day.
Mr Shirima elaborated that the three town upgrading project was jointly funded by the European Union (EU), Germany through its KFW Bank and the government and officially took off on March 18 last year.
"The construction of the three town upgrading water project has been divided into two including drilling of wells and construction of infrastructures and a water treatment plant," he said.
According to Mr Shirima, Jandu Plumbers Ltd Company based in Arusha, has been contracted to drill wells at the cost of 1bn/-, while Technofab Company from New Delhi, India has been contracted to construct infrastructure at the cost of over 30bn/-.