Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

20 August 2014

Tanzania: Musoma Town's Sh43 Billion Water Project Set to Come On Stream

Musoma — ALL homes in Musoma municipality, Mara Region, will enjoy clean and safe water after completion of a multibillion shilling water project being funded by the International Development Agency (AFD).

The project will enable the town's 130,000 people to live without experiencing shortage of water for a period of 20 years to come.

Implementation of the 43bn/- project has reached its final stages, according to Musoma Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (MUWASA) Managing Director, Mr Gantala Said.

"We are rating progress of the project every month and it is now 75 per cent," Mr Gantala said in an interview with the 'Daily News' on Tuesday. Execution of the project involved construction of a modern water treatment plant while water is drawn from Lake Victoria. It is scheduled to be ready on December 30, this year, according to the MUWASA boss.

The project is aimed at improving water supply and sanitation services for the entire municipality of Musoma. Completion of the project will enable MUWASA to start producing 36,000 cubic metres (36million litres) each day. Presently, the authority produces only 10,000 cubic metres (10 million litres) each day against demand which stands at 24,000 cubic metres.

"We will now have the capacity to serve about 134,000 people, which population grows at 4 per cent per year. This means that shortage of water in Musoma may happen after 20 years," the MD said.

Implementation of the project was further expected to improve MUWASA's revenue, as water formerly lost owing to old infrastructures would be cut from 44 per cent to 25 per cent, according to Mr Gantala. Speaking to the 'Daily News' in a separate interview, Mara Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS), Mr Benedict Ole Kuyan, said the Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda, was scheduled to inspect and lay a foundation stone for the project soon.

After that President Jakaya Kikwete would officially inaugurate the project early next year. "It is a huge project that will cover the whole of Musoma town and create opportunities for Musoma residents to get clean and safe water. It will also cut water losses facing MUWASA due to an old pipe network," he said.

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