The European Union (EU), in collaboration with the German Institute KfW, have provided more than Sh40 billion (Euro 23.42m) to fund a water supply and sanitation project that will benefit more than 200,000 people in Iringa Municipality. The public relations officer (PRO) for Iringa Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (IRUWASA), Ms Restituta Sakila, said recently that the project, which is under JR International contractor, is divided into two phases that involve the construction of water transmission lines, water distribution lines, sewerage pipe networks and reservoir tanks. Another lot involves upgrading the existing water treatment facilities, construction of a clean water reservoir and the installation of new pumps and booster stations. The project will take two years, from August 2009 to August 2010, and will benefit more than 200,000 Iringa Municipality dwellers. Ms Sakila said the lots will involve the extension and improvement of the present water treatment plant at Ndiuka, upgrading of the existing spring at Kitwiru water source, erection of new pumping mains for water transfer from the pump stations to new reservoirs, erection of 11 new reservoirs and 30 water kiosks.
Other activities are laying of new or replacement of old distribution pipes (138 km), including the installation of 27 hydrants which will serve as water take points in cases of emergency as well as for firefighting purposes, and the supply of bulk and household meters and introduction of an improved billing and accounting system.