TANZANIA TO IMPLEMENT WATER PROJECT WITH CO-OPERATION OF FRANCE

DODOMA, TANZANIA-- The Tanzanian government will implement a water project costing 195.98 billion shillings (70 million Euros) to address water shortage in Morogoro Region (Province) in eastern Tanzani, whose current demand is around 45,000 cubic litres per day, says Deputy Minister for Water and Irrigation Jumaa Aweso.

Currently the government is waiting to sign an agreement with the French Development Agency (AFD) on funding for the projecr, he told Parliament here Wednesday.

The agreement seeks to improve service provision in the municipality, he further said, adding that the ADF would support the expansion of the Mindu Dam and construct a water treatment plant there and as well install pipes from Tumaku to Kingolwira, besides rehabilitating the water infrastructure.

Aweso said the government would construct pipes and pump stations along a stretch of 41.9 kilometres to benefit at least 17,000 new consumers in Kihonda, Kilimanjaro, Mkundi, Yespa, Kiegea and Kihonda north.

The government has also directed water utility directors nationwide to replace postpaid water meters with prepaid ones to avoid overcharging their customers. Seven water utility bodies have started the process and he expects others to follow suit.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK