The United Republic of Tanzania

Message from the Minister

Welcome to the Website of the Ministry of Water. This Ministry is entrusted with the responsibility of developing and managing water resources of the country. The objective of this Website is to create a platform where the Ministry of Water stakeholders and the public can communicate in order to get information on our day to day activities.

Water is fundamental to life and the environment; it plays a central role in both, economic and social development activities. Water touches all the spheres of human life including: domestic, livestock, fisheries, wildlife, industry and energy, recreation and other social - economic activities. It plays a pivotal role in poverty alleviation through the enhancement of food security, domestic hygiene and the environment. The availability of safe and clean water raises the standard of living while the inadequacy of it poses serious health risks and leads to the decline in the living standards and life expectancy.

Major fresh water sources in Tanzania include: lakes, rivers, streams, dams and groundwater. However these are not well distributed all over the country. Some areas lack both surface and ground water sources.

Increasing population growth and urbanization pose serious pressure on the quantity and quality of available water. The sustainability of the present and future human life and environment depends mainly on proper water resources management and development plans.

The National Water Policy (NAWAPO) 2002 provides a comprehensive framework for sustainable development of water sources. It gives a direction for proper development, management and utilization of these sources.

For the implementation of the National Water Policy, the Ministry has developed a National Water Sector Development Strategy 2006 - 2015 and a Water Sector Development Programme 2006 - 2025. The National Water Sector Development Strategy defines roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders and priorities of the sector reforms in the implementation of the National Water Policy.

Remember that making real change means building a block for the next needed change.

"Water is life and Sanitation is dignity"

Thank You!