The Lake Victoria Watsan Mwanza Project covers the three largest towns of the Tanzanian Lake Victoria shoreline: Mwanza, Bukoba and Musoma, as well as three satellite communities Misungwi, Magu and Lamadi. The initiative is dedicated to improving the water supply, sewerage, wastewater treatment and sanitation of more than half of a million people in these cities. The scope of the Project is ranging from studies, design, tendering, capacity building, budgeting, to supervision of Works and Implantation. 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 EU-AITF TA finances support for 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. All WSSAs are faced with shortfalls in human resources and financing and require external assistance for better management of billing and collection as well as improved coverage of operation and maintenance costs. The TA envelop also finances the updating of the utilities’ business plans with a view to establishing tariffs that cover costs and contribute to the long-term financial sustainability of the utilities. Through the TA it will be ensured that all measures are undertaken as part of a coordinated planning approach. As of June 2018, the TA to elaborate the Master Plan was completed. The Contract with for stakeholder and sanitation facilitation was signed in December 2014, works began early January 2015 and good progress was made during 2016/17 to finalise Stakeholder Engagement Plan and elaborate Sanitation scope for the Project; end 2017 and beginning 2018, works in schools and Informal areas progressed swiftly and the results are above expectations. The contract for the Project Management Consultant (Grant IF) was signed early 2015, and during 2016/17 and beginning 2018 the team has supported the Promotor in building up the Project Management Unit structurally and operationally. The assignment for the Lenders Supervisor (Grant IF) was signed in July 2015, and during 2016/17 LS has facilitated the elaboration of the Master Plan and actively supported the first disbursement process. The Contract for Capacity Building and Institutional strengthening was assigned in Q2 2018.