Tanzania to take measures to protect commercial capital from looming water scarcity

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Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on Monday directed relevant authorities to take stringent measures aimed avoiding looming water scarcity in the country’s commercial capital of Dar es Salaam.

A statement by the Prime Minister’s Office said Majaliwa made the directive after he had inspected two major water sources supplying water to the commercial capital.

Cyprian Luhemeja, the chief executive officer of the Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Authority, had briefed the Prime Minister that water production from the Ruvu River has dropped.

Luhemeja said the drop in water production has been caused by decrease in water levels in the Ruvu River due to climate change and human activities, including livestock keeping and farming.

The worrying situation forced the prime minister to order the protection of all water sources in the country, including rivers, to save the country from experiencing water shortage.

He also directed the ministries of water, livestock and fisheries, and natural resources and tourism to find ways of supplying water to livestock. Enditem

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