Dar water crisis to continue-Dawasco

Dawasco Public Relation Manager, Irene Makene

Dar es salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation (Dawasco) has warned that the city will continue to face shortage of the precious liquid as experts work to resolve the technical hitches.

The Corporation’s Public Relations Manager, Irene Makene told The Guardian in an exclusive interview that the problem was at the Lower Ruvu water plant in Bagamoyo which was hit by technical faults on Wednesday.

She said Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Authority (DAWASA) technicians were at the site working on the problem.

Makene said rationing has been instituted in the areas supplied by the Lower Ruvu line in a bid to address the current shortage.

She named the places hit by the shortage as Kinondoni, Kawe, Mbezi Beach, and Kunduchi.

Other areas are Dar city centre and parts of Kinondoni including Mwananyamala.
“As I said earlier the authority is working devotedly on the problem and I hope it will be soon sorted out,” she said.

A survey by The Guardian, established that some areas in the city had been without water since Monday.

In January this year Dar residents faced the same problem caused by a drop in supplies from the Lower Ruvu plant, the main feed into the city.

A major project that will boost Dar water supplies from the Lower Ruvu to 270,000 cubic meters per day from the current 182,000 cubic meters mark is being implemented.

DAWASA’s director of technical services in the Dar es Salaam Boniface Kasiga, revealed that they are expanding Lower Ruvu intake and building a bigger pipeline in Bagamoyo for more effective water supply system.

The pipeline will run a 50-kilometre stretch from Lower Ruvu intake to DAWASA’s water silo close to Ardhi University.

However, in June this year, Members of the security committee in Kinondoni district urged water authorities in Dar es Salaam to address complaints of people whose properties are close to the Bagamoyo-Dar es Salaam water pipeline now under construction.

This followed updates released by senior officials in the authority detailing the protest of 10 people who legally occupy land in the pathway of the pipeline.

A total of 76.9 percent of Dar es Salaam residents do not have direct access to water mains due to various challenges facing the supply authority and poor infrastructures, a new survey has revealed.

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