According to district’s Water Engineer Elinathan Elisha, only 50 per cent of the population has been connected to water services leaving half of it without the facility something which affects daily production activities and the economy.
He was speaking recently when the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) media mission visited the district.
“Under the four-year Quick Results project we have here, it is estimated that 12bn/- is needed to expand coverage of water services in Kakonko, however support from stakeholders is much needed to enable the community have access to this essential need,” he said.
The National Water Policy is to provide guidance on implementation of water and sanitation programme with the major objective of providing of every household by the year 2020 key features of the 1998 rural water policy.
Kakonko acting District Executive Director Christopher Bukombe said that shortage of water in the district has been affecting economic activities as people spend a lot of time in searching for water thus reducing productivity.
“Water shortage also affects performances in schools as students also spend a lot of time searching for the precious liquid. From July to November the problem becomes more critical,” he said.
The acting executive director however commended some of stakeholders especially UNHCR and Water Mission for their contribution towards addressing the challenge in the district vowing to continue cementing the relationship for mutual benefits.
“Clean water is critical to all sectors. It is an important need for any human being, so while we continue deploying new solutions to address water challenges, stakeholders also may join the efforts to enable the population have access to clean water,” he said.
He further called upon the residents to not to let rain water go to waste but rather harvest it for future use.
“What we would like is to encourage investors and even the public to invest in rain harvesting facilities. It would be nice if households have their own, farmers may also harvest rain water and use it for irrigation activities to increase their incomes and provide a degree of food security,” he said.
Reports shows that, only 50 percent of Tanzania’s population have access to an improved source of safe water, and only 34 percent of Tanzania’s population has access to improved sanitation. Under these circumstances, the poor, particularly women and girls spend significant amount of time travelling long distances to fetch water.