RC Makalla hails DAWASA’s decision to connect installment payment system
The RC said the move will allow the majority of people in Dar es Salaam and coastal areas to have access to clean and safe water, a measure that will help control the outbreak of waterborne diseases.
Makalla made the remarks yesterday in Dar es Salaam during a visit to the Pugu-Gongo la Mboto water project where he witnessed the connection of water to households in the city.
He praised Dawasa for implementing projects using internal funds, adding that the new project will reduce the time spent by Dar residents in search of drinking water.
Makalla warned those who vandalize water infrastructure that the government will take legal action against anyone found violating water infrastructure.
“Some people have had a tendency to steal water pipes and meters, this behavior must stop because it hurts other people,” he said.
According to Makalla, these data show the increase in thefts of water pipes and meters, which makes the water distribution exercise a challenge.
“We spend billions of money to ensure that water services can reach the majority of our population, so we must not discourage Dawasco in this process,” he said.
Makalla said all ongoing projects in Dar es Salaam are the directives of President Samia Suluhu Hassan who has promised to ensure that all Tanzanians have access to safe drinking water.
He said that during his visits to various streets in Dar es Salaam, he had seen a number of connected homes, adding that Dawasco should continue its good work.
Dawasa Managing Director Cyprian Luhemeja said that the Pugu Gongo la Mboto water project is being implemented using 7.3 billion/- which comes from internal funds.
Luhemeja said the project involves the construction of water reservoirs with a maximum storage capacity of two million liters, adding that the project benefits 450,000 people in the neighborhood of Pugu, Gongo la Mboto, Majohe, Bangulo, Ukonga – Airwing, Kigogo, Buyuni, Chanika, Pugu – Machimbo and Kinyerezi.