State executes 1,373 water projects in two years

THE government’s water availability targets of 85 per cent and 95 per cent in rural and urban areas respectively by 2025 is becoming a reality following the completion of 1,373 projects in two years of the leadership of President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

According to the Minister for Water Juma Aweso the water projects have started providing services to 2,649 villages, bringing a total of 9,737 villages which have access to water services in the country.

Tabling budget estimates for his docket in the National Assembly on Wednesday, the minister said that 80 urban water projects were also completed and started providing services to 4,305,801 people.

The minister said that, in two years of Dr Samia’s leadership, access to clean and safe water has improved for rural areas from an average of 70.1 percent in 2020 up to 77 per cent in December, 2022, while in urban areas it has improved from an average of 84 per cent in 2020 to an average of 88 per cent in December, 2022.

He said that currently the ministry is in the process of implementing water projects in 28 cities worth 1.48tri/- after signing construction contracts in June, 2022.

“Construction of Kidunda Dam which will cost 329.46bn/- will ensure that water is available throughout the year in the Ruvu River which is the main source of water for Dar es Salaam city and some areas of the Coast region,” he said.

He said that a survey carried out by his ministry shows that water resources that can be found every year in the country is an average of 126 billion cubic metres per year, saying that the amount includes water on the ground (105 billion cubic meters) and underground water (21 billion cubic meters) each year.

“The availability of water shows that the amount of water available per person per year is approximately 2,105 cubic metres for a population of 59.8 million people in Mainland Tanzania according to the 2022 Population and Housing Census,” he said.

The minister said that statistics show that the demand for water in the country for various sectors in 2022 was an average of 62 billion cubic metres and is expected to increase and reach 80.2 billion cubic meters in 2035, saying that these requirements will continue to increase due to population growth, wealth production activities in various sectors in particular irrigated agriculture, electricity production, industrial production, tourism, mining, animal husbandry, fishing and wildlife.

He said that the goal of the government is to make sure its citizens living in rural areas have access to clean and safe water services by 85 per cent by 2025, saying in achieving that goal, the government has continued to build, repair and expand networks to distribute water together with strengthening management of water services in the country, adding that the availability of rural water service has increased from an average of 74.5 per cent in December, 2021 to an average of 77 per cent in December, 2022.

“The government in collaboration with the World Bank is implementing a Sustainable Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (SRWSP) with the aim of increasing and improve access to water and sanitation services in rural areas in 86 district councils in 17 regions in the country and also build the capacity for institutions that manage rural water service delivery to make the services sustainable,” said the minister.

He said in enhancing the efficiency of water use and sewage collection, RUWASA in collaboration with the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) signed agreements on 21 June 2022 with Arusha Technical College (ATC), Mbeya University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Dar es Salaam Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi) for design, manufacture and installation of pre-paid water services in rural water schemes.

He said the project aims to design, manufacture and install 300 pilot projects, saying that until April 2023, a total of 150 projects have been made with 69 projects tied up in various water schemes. The project is expected to be completed in June 2023, said the minister.

The Ministry of Water has requested Parliament to pass its budget of 756,205,106,000/- for the financial year 2023/24.

Of those funds, 60,375,474,000/- regular expenses, of which 18,035,561,000/-, equal to 29.87 per cent is for other expenses (OC) and 42,339,913,000/-, equal to 70.13 per cent is for salaries (PE) for ministry employees.

Total development budget is 695,829,632,000/-, where among those funds, 407,064,860,000/-, equal to 58.50 per cent are local funds and 288,764,772,000/-, equal to 41.50 percent are foreign funds.

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