Dodoma — Expansion of the Upper Ruvu water pipe- line has started in a move to increase its water supply from 82 to 196 million litres per day, the Minister for Water, Prof Jumanne Maghembe, has said.
Prof Maghembe said this while presenting a special report on water supply in Dar es Salaam Region in the National Assembly, adding that a special committee had been formed to probe incidents of regular water supply interruption to customers connected to the pipeline.
It serves customers in Coast and Dar es Salaam regions. He noted that the project would be implement- ed at a cost of 39.7 million US dollars, adding that construction works started in February, this year and were expected to be completed in August next year.
The government had hired a contractor from India, Va Tech Wabag, to undertake the work, adding that the project was being funded by a loan from the Indian government.
The minister admitted that the pipeline was too dilapidated to effectively handle its initial capacity of 82 million litres per day.
"The work will include rehabilitation of the present infrastructure, construction of a new intake bay and water tanks and expansion of the electricity system," he said.
He said in dealing with water theft, in April, last year the government formed a probe committee which facilitated the arrest of 162 suspects, 23 of whom were found guilty and 19 of them were fined between 200,000/- and 2,316,400/-.
Prof Magembe's report came in response to guidance sought by Mr John Mnyika (Ubungo-Chadema) from the Speaker early this month asking the government to issue in the House a report on water availability in Dar es Salaam.
Prof Maghembe noted that there had been a series of incidents hampering water production and supply to areas being served by the pipeline, most of which were associated with power cuts and water pump breakdowns.
He noted that the special committee would also probe factors leading to such incidents and recommend possible remedies to the government.