12.7bn/- allocated to improve wastewater management in Mwanza

IN a bid to improve wastewater management in Mwanza city, a total of 12.7bn/- is expected to be spent on the construction of sewerage infrastructures and water resource management in the city.

This was revealed here on Friday by the Principal Engineer and National Focal Point Officer (Lake Victoria Basin) – Ministry of Water, Engineer Abdillah Mataka when he was speaking at a media training on Integrated Water Resources Management in the Lake Victoria Basin (LVB-IWRMP).

The training was meant to provide awareness to journalists on the programme, its recent developments and key challenges. He said the funds from the Government of Germany through German Development Bank (KfW) and European Union were channelled to the Mwanza Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (MWAUWASA).

He said the funds will be used by MWAUWASA to connect a total of 1,600 Mwanza city households to the sewerage network and for purchasing equipment that will be used in the multibillion project that is set to be complete in 2025.

“Construction of the project will start this year immediately after the completion of the detailed design which is ongoing,” he explained.

He mentioned other objectives of the project is to increase access to improved sustainable and reliable sanitation services and reduce raw sewage discharges into Lake Victoria which is a source of livelihood for surrounding communities.

He clarified that Lake Victoria water has for a long time been the main source of water for Mwanza City and other parts of the lake region and the government must ensure that the Lake water has the required quality standards.

“We have a plan to supply the Lake water to other parts of the country, including the city of Dodoma”, he said.

Because of economic importance of the precious liquid, he urged the surrounding communities to continue to maintain it to ensure that it had acceptable quality standards for various uses.

For his part, Lake Victoria Basin Water Board Public Relation Officer, Engineer Gerald Itimbula said the Lake Victoria Basin Water Authority still has enough water in Lake Victoria where the water consumption rate has not yet reached one per cent.

Commenting, the Lake Victoria Basin Water Board Director Renatus Shinhu who officiated the two-day workshop said the programme is  coordinated and systematic.

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