The construction of the much awaited Kidunda Dam water project in Morogoro Region Tanzania will take off in July 2018. The dam, which is targeting to improve water supply in Dar es Salaam and Coast regions is dependent on the materialization of ongoing funding negotiations. The negotiations are between the Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Authority (DAWASA) and the National Social Security Fund (NSSF).
DAWASA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Romanus Mwang’ingo, said the authority was in talks with NSSF to seal a deal. Terms of the deal will have DAWASA finance the US $215m project.
DAWASA has already dished out US $3.15m as compensation. The funds will benefit over 2,000 residents in eight villages in Morogoro Rural District. They will also serve as a means to pave the way for construction of Kidunda Dam.
Apart from the Kidunda dam project, Kimbiji and Mpera boreholes in Kigamboni are also being considered as new sources of water. This is in a bid to boost supply from Ruvu River which currently provides Dar with water.
DAWASA is currently undertaking water projects amounting to US $32.93m, of which upon completion will see over 500,000 residents of Dar es Salaam and Coast regions gain access to water services.
The US $32.4m project will put up nine big water tanks with 3 and 6m litres in water storage capacity. It will also help put up other four centres of pumping water.
Areas lined up for benefiting from the project include Salasala, Bunju, Wazo, Makongo, Changanyikeni, Bagamoyo, Mpiji, Zinga, Kiromo, Kitopeni, Ukuni, Kerege, Buma, Mataya as well as the special Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA). These are receiving services from Ruvu Chini water station. Others are Mbezi Luisi, Kiluvya, Kibamba, Mbezi, Msakuzi, Makabe, Malamba Mawili and Msigani.