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 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 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 at December 2016, The technical assistance to elaborate the Master Plan was almost completed with an expected submission of final documents beginnig January 2017. 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 to finalise Stakeholder Engagement Plan and elaborate Sanitation scope for the Project. The contract for the Project Management Consultant was signed early 2015, and during 2016 the team has supported the Promotor in building up the Project Management Unit structurally and operationally. The assignment for the Lenders Supervisor was signed in July 2015, and during 2016 LS has facilitated the elaboration of the Master Plan and actively supported the first disbursement process.