THE government has said it is doing everything in its power to improve water supply in Dar es Salaam city. Leaders of the Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Authority (DAWASA) said they were determined to see through the ongoing water projects in order to do away with water blues for city residents.
DAWASA board chairperson, Dr Sinare made the pledge during a tour of Upper and Lower Ruvu treatment plants recently. She said expansion of the existing treatment plants by 50 per cent would enable 270 million litres of water per day to be pumped by the Lower Ruvu treatment plant as opposed to the current 182 million litres per day.
"This increase will end or considerably reduce water scarcity in the city," Dr Sinare who was accompanied by other board members, said. She noted that the improvements were going in tandem with improving water supply infrastructure in the city.
She said the board was happy about the progress made so far and hoped that the projects would be completed on time. "We are proud to see such timely implementation of these projects," Dr Sinare said.
For his part, DAWASA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Archard Mutalemwa, said the new pumping machines would dramatically improve water services in the country's commercial capital.
He explained that a project to lay water pipes from the Upper Ruvu plant had begun. The project involves the laying of three water pipelines with widths of 1200cm, 1000cm and 900cm.
He said tanks to reserve water at Kimara, on the outskirts of the city, would be renovated as part of the project. DAWASA had also started to work on utilising new water sources in Kimbiji and Mpela areas which, upon completion, would be able to supply extra 260 million liters of water a day to the city.
"We expect to have a total of 760,000 million liters of water a day pumped into the city after completion of all these projects, including those at Kimbiji and Mpera," Mr Mutalemwa said.
He explained that experts were working hard to improve water supply to other parts of Dar es Salaam and neighbouring areas, so that the expected increase of water would benefit more city dwellers. Members of the board planted trees in areas they visited in remembrance of the visit and in implementing the government's conservation policy.