THE Arusha Urban Water Supply Authority (AUWSA) has inked four contracts worth 271.2bn/- aimed at improving water supply in the city.
The project, to be implemented in two years, will increase water supply to 200 million cubic meters a day.
AUWSA Managing Director Eng Ruth Koya said the project will have the capacity of supplying more water than residents of Arusha. "The water production will be able to sufficiently cater for 827,000 residents of Arusha," Ms Koya said after singing the contracts.
The City has a population of 500,000 residents. The occasion was witnessed by the Minister for Water and Irrigation Prof Makame Mbarawa.
The first contract, signed between AUWSA and Sino-Hydro Corporation Limited of China, will entail laying a network of water pipes which will crisscross the urban part as well as to build a water treating plant.
The city piping will cost 251.4 bn/- and the project will take about 24 months to be completed.
The water treating plant will be built at the cost of 6.6bn/- and expected to be completed by April 2020. AUWSA also signed a contract with Tanchi Brothers Construction Company Limited from China.
The contract consisting construction of the AUWSA headquarters, workshop and warehouse in the city at the cost of 5.3bn/- is to be completed by 2020. AUWSA, which also oversees water projects in Longido and Karatu districts, will also be establishing zonal offices whose construction works are to be undertaken by the Arusha-based firm of Kiure Engineering Company Limited.
The Minister for Water and Irrigation, Prof Makame Mbarawa, directed AUWSA to increase revenue collection from current 1.4bn/- to at least 1.8bn/- by the end of this month.
Prof Mbarawa told contractors to ensure that the projects are completed before or in time without compromising quality.
Mr Bao Yu, the representative of Tanchi Brothers Construction Company assured the minister that his firm was capable and the job will be done in proper time.
Meanwhile, AUWSA is currently building ten water tanks in different areas of the city, with total capacity to hold 45,500 liters.