Water week…challenges ahead
As the world celebrates the World Water Week, developing countries, Tanzania included, face a number of challenges on matters relating to provision of clean and safe water to their people. Water sources keep drying out; water distribution infrastructures in urban areas can not support the populations that have grown ten times more; water points in rural areas do not function properly due to poor maintanance. Bottled water is too expensive even for the middle class category. Water-borne diseases keep spreading like fire as people continue consuming and coming into contact with unclean water. The picture is bleak. To change it two things are required: people’s commitment to make local governments work for them and transparency and political will on the side of those in power. Today, I believe, there are many more water experts even in developing countries than how the situation was in the sixties and seventies.
Sitalike river separating the village from Katavi National Park.
A woman carrying a baby on her back going to search for water. It may take her hours to get to a water source. Location: a village in Gairo on the Dodoma – Morogoro highway.
Heavy rains cause floods that sometimes destroy or block important infrastructures such as roads and railways. It is time now that people and governments find ways of harvesting rain water for use during the dry seasons.
Conservation of such water sources as Lake Mindu in Morogoro is important.