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Ministry Seeks to Boost Clean, Safe Water Access

February 3, 2014

Marc Nkwame

MORE than 75 per cent of all rural villages will be connected to clean and safe water before the end of next year, it was revealed in Karatu over the weekend. The Minister for Water and Irrigation, Prof Jumanne Maghembe , said that in order to realize that goal, the government has requested for funding from the World Bank and already various water projects under this special programme are underway. Prof Maghembe was visiting a number of water projects being executed in Karatu District where he was told that more than 60 per cent of the urban precinct (Karatu Township) gets clean water. "I am satisfied that it is only 40 per cent left for the entire town to be supplied with clean and safe water and that the area is likely to be covered within this year," stated Prof Maghembe. The Minister pointed out that though the number of water users in Karatu Township has tripled from the original 3,350 recorded last year to the current 10,920, the government will ensure that at least 80 per cent of this base will be covered. The Managing Director of Arusha Urban Water Authority , Eng Ruth Koya said AUWSA was still researching on other potential water sources in Karatu District to supplement the current ones in an effort to totally eradicate water problems in the area, adding that her authority has set up eight new water dispensing kiosks in the township. The Karatu District Director, Mr Mosses Mabula , revealed that 67 per cent of Karatu's population of 230,166 have been connected to water supply network though he did not divulge how often the water flows from the taps. Karatu relies on water supplies from natural springs and rivers flowing from the adjacent Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority , Marang forest as well as the Northern Highland Forest Reserve. There are 10 water projects targeted for Karatu District for fiscal year 2013-2014 and these aim at reaching out to 33,233 residents of Getamock, Kansay, Khusumay, Laja, Umbangw, Buger, Endanyowet, Mang'ola-juu, Makhoromba, Endamaghan, Mikocheni and Malala. The water initiatives will boost user base from 67 per cent to over 80 per cent of the district population.

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Source: AllAfrica

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