The Rural Water and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) in Geita Region is taking decisive steps to combat water scarcity by recently signing five contracts totaling 4.9 billion TZS. The projects, presented by RUWASA’s Geita Regional Manager, Engineer Jabiri Kayilla, include the purchase of water pipes and the construction of essential water infrastructure.
Two contracts, valued at 1 billion TZS, focus on procuring water pipes for projects in Nyang’hwale and the Katoma water project in Geita District. Additionally, three contracts, totaling 3.9 billion TZS, are earmarked for the construction of vital water infrastructure.
Among the noteworthy projects are the Bwanga water project in Chato District (1.6 billion TZS) and the Nakayenze-Mwamko water project in Bukombe District (1.3 billion TZS). Another significant initiative involves the construction of water projects in Iseni, Nyangalamila, Kabiga, Nywiga, Kasubuya, and Nyamilonze in Nyang’hwale District, with a budget of 984 million TZS.
Engineer Kayilla emphasized the importance of timely project execution, highlighting that the allocated funds for this financial year amount to 24 billion TZS, of which Geita Region has already received 11 billion TZS. These initiatives, once completed, are expected to elevate rural water service coverage from 53% to 74%.
Geita Regional Commissioner, Martin Shigela, acknowledged the surge in population revealed by the 2022 census, emphasizing the heightened demand for water services. He directed RUWASA and contractors to ensure efficient project management to meet the growing needs of the population.