African Development Bank and Tanzania sign $125.2 million loan agreement to address water shortages in Dodoma region
The African Development Bank and the Government of Tanzania have signed a $125.2 million loan agreement for a project that will help address water shortages in three districts in the Dodoma region.
The Dodoma Resilient and Sustainable Water and Sanitation Development Program (Phase I) will benefit more than two million residents of Bahi, Chemba and Chamwino districts, which have suffered from droughts and recorded strong growth demographic.
Tanzanian Minister of Finance and Planning, Mwigulu Nchemba, and the Bank’s Country Director, Patricia N. Laverley, signed the loan agreement on May 16 in Dar es Salaam. The Bank approved the loan on March 16.
Nchemba said, “This is 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 population and also provide access to safe water for industrial use.
The project includes 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. The implementation will be spread over five years.
Country Director Laverley said the project would alleviate the water crisis and improve the livelihoods of affected communities.
Minister Nchemba asked the Bank to consider expanding the project area to include Singida Province, which is also struggling with a serious water problem. He called for the scope of the project to be expanded to include water for irrigation, livestock use and aquaculture facilities, to enable more young people to become self-employed, in line with the national aspirations of the country.
In total, the African Development Bank has invested $2.5 billion in 23 development projects in various sectors in Tanzania, including agriculture, water and road infrastructure.