Tanzania aims to stop the city’s sewerage flow into the Indian Ocean, treat water and recycle the same for industrial use by employing the same system used in Durban, South Africa.
The Minister for Water, Prof Jumanne Maghembe, speaking at the inauguration of the new Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Authority (DAWASA) Board of Directors in Arusha, said that under the new set up to cost 409 million US dollars, all the sewage flowing freely from Dar es Salaam households and institutions before being channelled into the sea will be stopped and recycled before the end of this year. He further stressed the need to boost water supply in rural areas.
Engineer Bashir Mrindokom, The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said the government plans to spend 1.4 billion US dollars to improve water supply in Dar es Salaam, with focus on ensuring that the city gets access to safe and clean water by 100 per cent come 2016.
“As of now, the average access to safe and clean water in urban areas stands at 89 per cent and 58 per cent in rural communities but even in this it is only Dar es Salaam which has 69 per cent,” he revealed.
He concluded by saying that the government’s plan is also to ensure that rural communities are covered by at least 75 per cent by 2016.
The Durban metro water treatment system is cited to be among the most successful water treatment and recycling structures in Africa and Tanzania plans to emulate that. Also mapped along the Indian Ocean coastline, Durban is said to have the cleanest beaches on the continent.
Source: Daily News Tanzania