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Govt to spend 2.5bn/- on Handeni water project infrastructure

27th April 2012
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The government will spend 2.5bn/- on the rehabilitation of oldest Handeni water project infrastructure, which caters for Handeni and Korogwe districts in Tanga Region.

According to project manager Eng Alex Msilanga, the money will be used for laying down new pipelines and renovating some water pumps and a machinery system to increase efficiency in water supply throughout the year.

He said due to the destruction of the infrastructure Handeni and Korogwe residents, who were supposed to benefit from the project in terms of water supply, were not getting

it adequately as a lot of water was lost on the way before reaching them.

He noted that the water infrastructure system was put in place in 1974, when the population was still small but due to increased population there was a need for expanding and renovating its infrastructure to make regular water supply possible.

He said they had requested the money from the Ministry of Water and they expected to get it in the near future.

However, he blamed villagers for sabotaging the water project and thus increasing maintenance costs every year.

He noted that last year they spent about 800m/- on maintenance in areas where sabotage was rampant, the money, which could have been used in other areas to improve water supply.

He, therefore, urged the residents in the two districts to protect the water project infrastructure and report any person found sabotaging it so that the residents themselves would continue benefiting from it.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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