July 25, 2011
On July 25, 2011, Mr. Yukihide Katsuta, Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Tanzania Office, Mr. Mwalim A. Mwalim, Principal Secretary of Ministry of Lands, Housing, Water and Energy (MLHWE) and Dr. Mustafa Ali Garu, Director General of Zanzibar Water Authority (ZAWA) signed the Record of Discussions, which is an official agreement, for launching the Japanese Technical Cooperation for "Project for Enhancement of Water Supply Management of Zanzibar Water Authority Phase2".
Water sector is one of the priority sectors for Japan's Country Assistance Program to Tanzania. In Zanzibar, Japan has been providing assistance for sustainable and reliable water supply in urban areas through two projects namely, the Grant Aid Project for constructing water supply facilities such as boreholes, reservoirs and transmission pipe lines which was completed in August 2010, and the Technical Cooperation Project for establishing water tariff billing and collection system of Zanzibar Water Authority (ZAWA) which was completed in December 2010.
However, one of the causes of water supply problems experienced in Zanzibar now has been identified as the existence of degraded distribution systems, which leads to a lot of Non-Revenue Water (NRW) including water leakage. Therefore, it is important for ZAWA to reduce NRW by leakage detection, pipe repairing, and rehabilitation of pipes etc, so that ZAWA can provide reliable water supply services.
The Technical Cooperation Project Phase 2 aims to contribute to improve ZAWA's water supply services through enhancing capacity of NRW reduction as well as increasing the collection ratio of water tariffs, which will be utilized for proper maintenance of existing water supply facilities, so that more people can have access to clean and safe water.
In his speech during the signing ceremony, Mr. Yukihide Katsuta, Chief Representative of JICA Tanzania Office, said: "It is my sincere hope that the Project will smoothly be implemented under the strong leadership of the Ministry of Lands, Housing, Water and Energy and Zanzibar Water Authority under their strong commitment with the support of JICA experts, and that the people of Zanzibar can start enjoying its benefits in no time."