The Project concerns water and sanitation investments and capacity building in three towns:
Mwanza: a new Waste Water Treatment Plan (WWTP) will be developed, together with a sewer network to collect the waste from the highly polluting commercial area of Igoma. Investments will also be made in the water supply to optimise the use of new water infrastructure. A large programme of sanitation for Mwanza’s informal areas is also included in the Project, as are water and hygiene facilities for 250 schools.
Musoma and Bukoba are already benefiting from investment programmes for water supply, and this Project complements these investments with the initiation of centralised wastewater systems.
The TA will assist the different water supply and sanitation authorities (WSSAs) involved in the project in planning, implementing and operating sustainably as well as increasing their understanding of the water quality trends of the lake. WSSAs in Bukoba and Musoma are faced with shortfalls in human resources and financing and require assistance for better management of billing and collection as well as improved coverage of operation and maintenance costs. The TA will also assist the updating of the utilities’ business plans with a view to establishing sanitation tariffs that cover costs and contribute to the long-term financial sustainability of the utilities. The TA will ensure that all measures are undertaken as part of a coordinated planning approach. As at 31 December 2017, a tender is ongoing to select the Engineer in charge of design review and works supervision in Bukoba. In Musoma, the Engineer and the Contractor are selected and contracts are being negotiated.