The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has disbursed a $211 million loan to support safe city water and sewage treatment in Tanzania.
“The AfDB is a key member of the water sector dialogue with the Tanzanian government and a long-term contributor to rural water and sanitation programs, with support from AfDB’s Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative,” Mohamed El Azizi, the Director of the AfDB Water and Sanitation Department, said last week.
AfDB said they have disbursed the loan to help address the urgent need for improved water and sanitation in the city of Arusha in the northern part of Tanzania.
The sum represents 90% of the cost of the Tanzanian government program to alleviate the threat of major environmental and health issues and improve the quality of life for Arusha inhabitants.
Arusha city is a major regional hub. Since 2010, the Arusha Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority service area has almost expanded to cover 208 kilometre, yet the existing sanitation network covers only the Central Business District of the city and serves only 7,6% of inhabitants. Capacity is severely stretched and the existing sewage treatment ponds are critically overloaded. Water coverage is also an issue, with less than 44% of Arusha inhabitants currently served.
As a result, it is estimated that water-borne diseases in the area account for about 40% of per capita health expenditure, according to the AfDB statement. Therefore, this strategic investment is designed to enable transformative improvement of water and sanitation services across Arusha city.
Over the program horizon, the improved facilities will benefit a resident population of more than 600,000 people in Arusha city and 250,000 additional people, who commute to the city, for business purposes. A new sewerage treatment pond system will be a major contribution to service delivery.
Improved water and sanitation in Arusha is expected to reduce sickness and associated health-care costs and to give women more time for productive endeavors such as adult education, empowerment activities and leisure.
Azizi said in the statement that the AfDB Tanzanian field office will play an important role in the implementation and monitoring of the works.
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