In Tanzania, the Arusha Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (AUWSA) is approving a budget of nearly 12.1 billion dollars for the supply of drinking water in the city of Arusha. The objective is to improve the service to the population of this city of 519,000 inhabitants.
The Arusha Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (AUWSA) will spend approximately $12.1 billion on drinking water in Arusha, Tanzania, between 2022 and 2023. Firstly, this budget will allow for the acceleration of ongoing water supply projects in the city of 519,000 people, including the Arusha Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project, which will benefit more than 600,000 people by the time it opens in June 2023.
In early August 2022, the Tanzanian government declared that the project will be extended to Monduli District. This extension, funded by the Tanzanian government to the tune of US$5.1 million, will provide 200,000 m3 of drinking water mainly in the Miserani and Mswakini districts. The government is supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Development Fund (ADF) in the implementation of this project.
Safeguarding people’s health
To achieve universal water coverage in Arusha by 2023, the Auwsa will also develop new projects. Currently, the rate of access to drinking water in the city is estimated at 75%, according to AUWSA’s Executive Director, Justine Rujomba. The rest of the population, deprived of the resource, obtains its water from unsuitable sources, resulting in the proliferation of water-borne diseases.
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While waiting for the disbursement of funds (about 12.1 billion dollars), the AUWSA, responsible for the operation and overall management of water supply and sanitation services in the city of Arusha, continues its actions on the ground.