Poor management of based rural water projects hampers efforts to maintain sustainably water supply to every household in Tanzania.
The assistant director from Tanzania's Ministry of Water and Irrigation Eng Jackson Mutazamba told District Executive Directors (DEDs) meeting here in Morogoro yesterday that water provision and governance is an important component for any successful water project.
"Coverage of water projects in the country as of March this year was 72 per cent, however, some projects are not functioning due to poor governance," he said, adding that, effective management of water projects is an essential component in creating sustainable water supply particularly in the rural population.
He said effective water management in many water projects were delayed because of unclear allocation of roles and responsibilities, territorial fragmentation and limited capacity at the local level.
"We have gathered here all DEDs from all councils in the country to chart ways on how to improve the management of water projects to alleviate water shortages in the country," he said.
He said the executives will have to ensure people in the respective areas form water management committee responsible for handling and maintaining water projects.
Water provision and governance of water systems are of a complex nature, involving many different stakeholders at different levels and shaped by the political and institutional context of a country. But when people are closely engaged in owning the water projects, the experiences show they had been successful.
Presenting the budget estimates for the 2017/18 financial year, the Minister for Water and Irrigation, Eng Gerson Lwenge, told the National Assembly that the strategy will improve water access by 75 and 95 per cent in rural and urban areas respectively, come 2020.