Saturday, 17 January 2009

Low power supply hits Lake Victoria water project

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Patty Magubira in Misungwi

Inadequate electricity supply is slowing down efforts to supply water from Lake Victoria to thousands of needy people in Shinyanga municipality and Kahama districts, it has been learnt.

Some 500,000 residents of Shinyanga municipality and Kahama district would be receiving clean and safe water from the fresh water lake if there was enough power to pump and treat the water, a resident engineer has said.

An engineer with one of the biggest international construction company, Norconsult, has also said the project to supply water to the municipality and district is lacking competent water experts.

The engineer, Thomas Oiestad has said the largest government water supply project being implemented by three contractors is in danger from increasing theft of parts and gadgets at different sites.

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