27 May 2014

Tanzania: Water Pumps Planned for All Wells Built Under WSDP System

Dodoma — THE Minister for Water, Prof Jumanne Maghembe, said plans are underway to set up water pumps in all wells constructed under the Water Sector Development Programme.

Answering a supplementary question by Mr Israel Natse (Karatu-Chadema), who wanted to know when the public will start enjoying water services from the constructed wells, which seemed idle, Prof Maghembe said the water supply will start immediately after the setting up of the infrastructure.

He said work on laying the necessary infrastructure will start under the second phase of the project later this year. This will include the provision of pumps and other supply logistics to enable distribution to the people.

Earlier, answering the main question by Ms Abia Nyabakari (Special Seats-CCM) who wanted to know when the people in Sumbawanga will get water from the wells located in the municipality.

Responding to her question, the Deputy Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Mr Aggrey Mwanri, said the water wells are set for completion by April, next year.

He said the government, the European Union (EU) and Germany are working on an infrastructural programme for the supply of water services from the four constructed wells at a cost of 30bn/-.

Mr Mwanri said implementation of the project is so far at 27 per cent saying the April, next year; they will be done and ready for the supply of water services in Sumbawanga.

However, he said, during the 2011/12 financial year, seven wells were constructed at Kanondo village at a cost of 393m/, one of which broke down due to earthquake effects.

Mr Mwanri said two wells were now providing water to villagers following the investment of 4.9bn/- after 4.9bn/- was invested in putting in place the necessary infrastructure, including water pipes measuring 10 kilometres in 2012-13.

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