TANZANIA: Samia Suluhu inaugurates a drinking water plant in the Coast Region

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TANZANIA: Samia Suluhu inaugurates a drinking water plant in the Coast Region©People Image Studio/Shutterstock

A new plant treats raw water pumped from the Upper Ruvu River to supply people in the Mlandizi-Mboga-Chalinze area of Tanzania's Coast Region. The drinking water plant has just been commissioned by Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

In Tanzania, the government is taking advantage of the 9th edition of the World Water Forum (WWF), which will be held in Dakar, Senegal, from March 21 to 27, 2022, to inaugurate a drinking water plant in the Mlandizi-Mboga-Chalinze area, in the Coast region. Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan presided over the inauguration ceremony held on March 22, 2022.

The new facility has a capacity of 93,000 m3 per day, making it one of the largest in East Africa. The plant is supplied with raw water pumped from the Ruvu River, which originates in the southern Uluguru Mountains and flows eastward through Tanzania to the Indian Ocean near Bagamoyo. Drinking water is distributed through 59 km of pipes laid between Mlandizi and Chalinze.

7.8 million project

The new facilities will serve 120,912 people in the Coast Region of Tanzania, as well as the industrial areas of Twyford, Keda, the leather factory, Vigwaza dry port, Sayona juice factory, Kwala training station, Vigwaza weighbridge, etc. According to the Tanzanian authorities, drinking water coverage in the country will increase from 84% to 86% in urban areas with this project. And in rural areas, from 70.1% to 72.3%.

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The implementation of the water supply project in the Coast region has cost the Tanzanian government 18 billion Tanzanian shillings, almost 7.8 million dollars. The inauguration of the plant is the first in a series of events planned in Tanzania as part of the World Water Forum 2022. The country wants to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6). It aims to achieve universal coverage with water and sanitation by 2030. Hence the implementation of several other water projects in Tanzania.

Inès Magoum

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