TANZANIA: 10 dams will collect rainwater to serve Dodoma and Singida

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TANZANIA: 10 dams will collect rainwater to serve Dodoma and Singida©Michalakis Ppalis

The Tanzanian Minister of Water and Irrigation, Jumaa Aweso, has launched the construction of ten dams in the Dodoma and Singida regions of Tanzania. The future infrastructures will collect rainwater to supply households, farmers and herders in a context marked by climate change.

The water needs of the people of Dodoma and Singida will certainly be alleviated by a new project. It involves the construction of 10 dams. Work on the first infrastructure was launched on 3 August 2022 by the Tanzanian Minister of Water and Irrigation, Jumaa Aweso.

The village of Kelema, in the Chemba district (Dodoma region) will host the first water reservoir. According to the Tanzanian authorities, the future dams will be filled during the rainy season to irrigate plantations during periods of severe drought.

An investment of $1.93 million

In the two target regions in Tanzania, such as Dodoma and Singida, the weather has reportedly ravaged crops and livestock, forcing many people to leave their homes in search of water and food.

The new dams will further boost production for Tanzanian farmers, improving food security for the people. The Tanzanian Minister of Water and Irrigation, Jumaa Aweso, estimates that the entire project will require an investment of 4.5 billion Tanzanian shillings (about US$1.93 million).

Like Dodoma and Singida, 23 other regions in Tanzania are facing water shortages. To meet the water needs of the population, the Tanzanian government is also focusing on drinking water supply (DWSS). The latest such project was launched in August 2022 in the Arusha region. The work will involve the construction of auxiliary boreholes and the laying of new pipes.

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Funded by the Tanzanian government to the tune of US$5.1 million (12 billion Tanzanian shillings), the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project will provide 200,000 cubic metres of drinking water mainly in the Miserani and Mswakini areas of Monduli district, which has a population of at least 158,000.

Inès Magoum

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