Majaliwa stresses sustainable measures to curb water shortage

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has directed the ongoing exercise of cleaning and reviving emergency water wells in Dar es Salaam and connecting them to water distribution system to be sustainable also in other areas.

The PM issued the directive on Thursday, while inspecting the emergency wells at Tabata Relini and Mwananyamala Komakoma in Dar es Salaam.

The wells form part of the 197 ones dug by the government in Dar es Salam Region, where 160 of them have already been revived and supply 29.4 million litres per day and boosting the distribution system to relieve residents of the precious liquid.

In a related development, Mr Majaliwa directed the leadership of Wami Ruvu Basin and Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Authority (DAWASA) to continue conducting research in order to identify areas with enough water and in turn drill wells to boost water supply in the residential areas.

Elaborating, he called upon the public to continue protecting water sources and use them well in order to overcome the current deficit especially in this drought season.

The Premier in his address noted that the government is implementing a campaign that will mobilise mostly women facing challenges of walking long distance in search of water on how to help.

Earlier, Minister for Water Jumaa Aweso said that in overcoming the shortage of water facing various parts of the country, his ministry plans to construct dams for harvesting rainwater to also subsidise the distribution system.

However, he commended President Samia Suluhu Hassan for facilitating the availability of machines for drilling the wells in order to overcome the deficit.

Mr Aweso further noted that water demand for Dar es Salaam is  544 million litres per day, while supply capacity in both Upper and Lower Ruvu Water Treatment Plants is 520 million litres per day, adding that water level in Ruvu River is experiencing a deficit of 24 million litres.

“But in general, the current water level has dropped thus effecting water supply in both plants,” he pointed out, adding that currently water supply capacity has dropped to 300 million litrers per day and resulting into a deficit of 244 million litres.

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