4.5bn/- water project to end water blues in six villages

SIX villages in Musoma Rural District, Mara Region, are finally set to be supplied with reliable tap water through a 4.5bn/- project, which is expected to kick off soon.

According to Musoma Rural Member of Parliament, Prof Sospeter Muhongo (pictured) , three villages are within Mugango Ward while the other three are located at Tegeruka Ward.

“These two wards had not been included in the previous 71.5bn/- Mugango-Kiabakari-Butiama water project, but now the government has released 4.5bn/- for the construction of water distribution infrastructure covering the two wards,” said Prof Muhongo.

‘This means that people living at the water source for this project- Mugango Ward -which comprises three villages and those living along the water pipeline, Tegeruka Ward, also consisting of three villages- will now get water from this pipeline.

He referred the good news as an Easter present for residents of the two wards, reserved special praises for President Samia Suluhu Hassan for her continued efforts to avail clean and safe water supply across the country.

Prof Muhongo said the project contractor has already been obtained and everything was in place for the comencement of the project.

The signing ceremony will take place this Wednesday at Mayani Village, Tegeruka Ward whereby various party and government leaders are expected to attend.

The government considers the water sector as among priority areas with a substantial amount of money being channeled towards water projects countrywide.

In the 3rd Five- Year Development Plan, the government commits to improving access to s clean and safe water and improved sanitation.

According to the Plan, which runs through 2026, key interventions include strengthening supply infrastructures fcomclean and safe water.

Other interventions are to establish and strengthen the Community Based Water Supply Organisations (CBWSOs) for enhancing sustainability of rural water supply and sanitation services; to promote appropriate technologies for further treatment of effluent and sludge for recycling and re-use purposes; to construct strategic water reservoirs and to promote and support Management, development and equitable utilization of trans- boundary water resources.

The list of interventions further include to strengthen conservation and protection programmes of water resources and water sources; to strengthen water resources research systems, data collection, processing, storage and dissemination of water statistics; and to establish programmes and mechanisms for management, monitoring and assessment of water and wastewater quality.

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