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Tanzania: Work On New Water Pipeline Starts in Dar es Salaam

CONSTRUCTION of the much awaited 56km pipeline parallel to the current three decade old one from Lower Ruvu Treatment Plant has started. The new pipeline will also offset the water leakages currently at 49 per cent caused by dilapidated pipes in the main water supply line which has been in place since 1976.

When ‘Sunday News’ visited the site at which the laying of pipes has started at Kelege village in Dar es salaam, engineers were joining pipes, starting an exercise that will go on till February, next year. Speaking on behalf of Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Authority (Dawasa), Ms Meck Mdaku said the current old 68km pipe, in place since 1976, has had two leakages for over ten years and that the new pipe would be a great development for the water sector.

The engineer on site, Chrispin Mwashala, said the construction of the pipe from Lower Ruvu to Dar es Salaam would cost about 120bn/- and the exercise would take 15 months to complete.

According to Eng. Mwashala, once completed, the pipe would transport 270m litres of water a day but with capacity could reach 360m litres. Currently, Dar es Salaam gets 300 million litres of water per day below the daily demand of 450 million litres. The new pipe would be able to push 700 million litres of water per day to Dar es Salaam.

He pointed out that the amount of water produced in the current main surface water sources — Upper and Lower Ruvu Treatment Plants and Mtoni — serve only about 70 per cent of the Dar es Salaam residents.

He said that the project was working on improving production and bring watercloser to the people, with each street expected to have the resource within a distance of 50 metres.

Demand for water in Dar es Salaam at the moment stands at 450,000 cubic metres a day, while the volume supplied daily is 300,000 cubic metres, leaving some places in the city experience acute water supply.

The difference is 150,000 cubic metres a day but with ongoing construction of industries and residential houses, the demand is set to be higher. Authorities are aware of the challenges ahead, thus, outlined both short and long term strategies to offset the deficiency.

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