Two locations in the Sinza area of Dar es Salaam have allegedly been found to be the sites of huge illegal water siphoning operations, according to the Daily News.

Water company Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation (DAWASCO) reports that electric pumps were being used to take water from the main pipeline, causing an erratic supply in the area. Some reports suggest that up to 100 vehicles, each capable of carrying around 3000 litres of water, were accessing the illegal sites every day.

The News reports that pedestrian water vendors were also using the sites. Water bought from the sites was thought to be sold on at a 400 per cent profit.

Police have arrested three men who were allegedly involved in the operation.