AfDB: $125m for Tanzanian water project

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The African Development Bank and the Tanzanian government have signed a $125.2m loan agreement he Dodoma Resilient and Sustainable Water Development and Sanitation Program (Phase I).

Finance for Tanzania’s Dodoma Resilient and Sustainable Water Development and Sanitation Program has been agreed by the African Development Bank (AfDB). The project is expected to benefit more than two million residents in the Bahi, Chemba and Chamwino districts, which have suffered droughts and recorded high population growth.

Tanzania’s minister of finance and planning, Mwigulu Nchemba commented, “This has been a long-awaited project by the people of Dodoma. It is a project that the President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, wishes to see implemented. The signing of this loan agreement will bring great benefits to the people and also provide access to safe water for industrial use.”

The project entails the construction of the 470-meter Farkwa Water Dam, a 128,000 cubic meter long clean-up, and a water treatment plant with a capacity of 128,000 cubic meters per day. Implementation will span five years.

Tanzania has also asked the bank to consider expanding the project area to include Singida Province, which is also grappling with an acute water problem.