New sewerage scheme for Dar es Salaam
City to improve sanitation and curb ocean contamination.
Dar es Salaam authorities are implementing a new sewage network to improve sanitation services as well as reduce contamination of the Indian Ocean from wastewater pollution.
With the support of the World Bank, the $600-million Dar es Salaam sewage scheme involves the construction of three wastewater treatment plants, which will handle sewerage treatment from 30 per cent of the city's 4.4. million residents by 2020, up from the current 10 per cent.
A network of sewerage pipelines connecting various suburbs will be installed while the seabed pipeline, which discharges raw sewerage into the Indian Ocean, will be diverted to a new treatment plant in the Jangwani wetland area.
Authorities say the new system will help residents of the city's shantytowns by curbing outbreaks of water-borne disease, such as cholera, particularly during the rainy season when clogged drains leads to effluent contamination water supplies. the rainy season, forcing effluent to overflow and exposing residents to health risks such as cholera.