By Meddy Mulisa
Kagera — Almost 58 per cent of the 2,458,023 Kagera residents in rural areas access clean and safe water, the Kagera Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr John Mongela has disclosed.
According to Mr Mongela, in Muleba District 329,589 people access clean and safe water, equivalent to 61 per cent of the population. In Bukoba Rural District 170,921 residents access clean water an equivalent of 59 per cent whereas in Biharamulo District 177,917 people access clean and safe water approximately 55 per cent.
In Ngara District 227,239 people access clean water an equivalent of 71 per cent while in Bukoba Municipality 75,989 people access clean water equivalent to 59 per cent of the population. In Karagwe district 319,992 people access clean water about 49 per cent while in Misenyi District 95,237 residents access clean and safe water approximately 47 per cent.
Ten villages in Karagwe District have been selected to be covered under the Water Sector Development Programme (WSDP). They include; Nyaishozi, Kibingo, Chanika, Chamchuzi, Chabuhora, Kayungu, Nyakakika, Kigorogoro, Rwabikagati and Iteera. In Biharamulo District selected villages includes; Mabare, Mihongora, Kagondo, Bisibo, Nyantakara, Katoke, Kasato, Nyabusozi, Kasozibakaya and Nyakanazi.
In Ngara District selected villages includes; Rulenge, Ngundusi, Munjebwe, Muhweza, Murugarama, Muruvyagira, Rwinyana, Kanazi/ Kabalenzi, Mukibogoye, Mbuba, Mukubu and Kumubuga.
In Bukoba Rural selected villages includes; Mashule, Kyamulaire, Kitahya, Kibona, Itongo, Lukindo, Katare, Kibirizi and Bituntu. In Muleba District the villages includes; Kyota, Kabare, Katembe, Kangaza, Kishoju, Katoke, Iroba, Kinagi and Karutanga.
In Misenyi District, the villages includes; Kilimilire, Ruzinga, Kakunyu, Bwoki, Rubale, Kenyana, Kibeho, Igurugati and Rukurungo. In Bukoba Municipal Council the villages include Kagondo, Ijuganyondo, Bunkango, Rwazi, Bushaga, Bulibata, Ihyoro, Kyamyosi, Kibeta and Kitendaguro.
Completion of a water project being implemented by the Bukoba Water and Sewerage Authority (BUWASA), will increase water availability from the current 8.2 million litres to 11.2 million litres.
BUWASA Executive Director, Engineer Chaggaka Kalimbia said the project was being co-funded by the French government through its International Development Agency (AFD), in collaboration with the Tanzania government and was being implemented by TECHNOFAB Company from India to cost 27.5bn upon completion.
Upon completion of the project, over 87,000 people an equivalent of 43.5 per cent of the 200,000 residents in Bukoba Municipality will be supplied with regular water from two storage tanks located at Kashura and Magoti with capacity of 3,700,000 cubic litres.
This will increase water availability from the current 8.2million litres to 11.2 million litres including four Wards namely; Kagondo, Kahororo, Nyanga and Buhembe,. BUWASA increased revenue collections from 814.1m during 2010/2011 to 1.1bn during 2012/13. Over 7,000 customers were being served by BUWASA out of whom 5,000 were connected with water meters while the remaining 2,000 were not.
Over 75 per cent of 200,000 Bukoba Municipal residents depend on BUWASA for their daily water supply. The problem of frequent water shortages would be solved upon completion of a modern water project at Bunena. Residents of Kibeta, Kitendaguro, Rwamishenye, Hamugembe and Ijuganyongo Wards who were getting water on ration basis, will also get regular water supply.
According to Engineer Kalimbia, BUWASA had 80.5 km water pipeline, but 30 km were in a very poor condition due to old age. “Due to dilapidated water pipes which were laid over 60 years ago, almost 30 per cent of the water was Unaccounted For (UF), mainly due to leakages.
The Water Utility had a capacity to produce an average of 6.4 million litres of water daily, being almost 91 per cent of the 7.5 million litres demand for over 200,000 Bukoba Municipal residents.
Ongoing projects includes rehabilitation of 69km pipeline, construction of a sludge digester, construction of two water tanks with capacity of 3.7 million litres each and construction of a rapid sand filtration.
Last year, retired President Jakaya Kikwete toured Kagera Region where he laid a foundation stone at Ihako water project in Muleba District which was co-funded by the UN Habitat and Tanzania government.
The project estimated to cost over 2.6bn upon completion would supply water to over 29,000 people in Muleba Urban, Bwata, Kamishango, Kabare and Katanga villages. President Kikwete also inaugurated 680,000 liters capacity tank that would supply water to the villages.
The former Minister for Water, Professor Jumanne Magh’embe, revealed that almost 58 per cent of the 2,458,023 Kagera residents in rural areas will access clean and safe water.
Residents in five villages in Bukoba Rural District who faced water blues for a long time will soon access clean and safe water following completion of water project. Bukoba District Water Engineer, Alex Kijigo, named the villages to include; Kyamulaile, Mashele, Kitahya, Kibona and Itongo.
The project estimated to cost a total of 2.81bn upon completion was being implemented in three phases. Phase one involved two villages namely Kyamulaile and Mashele where implementation had reached 100 per cent.
Phase two involved three villages namely Kitahya, Kibona and Itongo, where implementation stood at 50 per cent. Phase three would cover five villages, namely; Kibirizi, Bituntu, Ibwera, Lukindo and Katare.
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