Receipt of IFF-OBA Grant for the Mang’ana Spring Source Water Supply Project in Moshi


On 24.06.2019 The Moshi Urban Water and Sanitation Authority (MUWSA) confirmed the receipt of the IFF-OBA grant of TSH 865,685,290 for the implementation of the IFF  Mang’ana Spring Source Water Supply Project in Moshi.

RECEIPT OF IFF-OBA GRANT FOR THE TABORA URBAN WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION AUTHORITY (TUWASA)


On 13.05.2019, the Tabora Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (TUWASA) confirmed the receipt of the IFF-OBA grant of TSH 282,385,166 for the implementation of the IFF supported Water Supply Network Extension Works.  

 

FOLLOW UP MEETINGS WITH COMMERCIAL BANKS IN TANZANIA


In May 2019, the IFF-OBA team conducted follow up meetings with TIB, CRDB, NBC and NMB Banks. In this context, Equity Bank has been welcomed as new collaborator in the IFF Programme. All visited Banks (re)-confirmed their interest in future support towards water and sanitation projects that will be administered by Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authorities.
The meetings mainly focused on appropriate securities for water utilities and the development of a water and sanitation specific loan facility product. Banks encouraged applicant utilities to re-negotiate their indicative term sheets and engage in a constructive dialogue.  

MWANZA Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority - ASSESSMENT VISIT


The IFF-OBA team carried out a project field assessment from 29th to 30th April 2019. The team visited the Capripoint intake and treatment plant, pump house, Mabatini booster station, and the ongoing construction of the Nyamhongolo storage tank. The existing Kisesa Sump and pump house, the location for the construction of new sump and pump house and the tapping point from where water shall be abstracted to serve the customers in the project area were also assessed.
MWAUWASA intends to extend their services to new customers in Nyamhongolo. The team held a meeting with Village Government leaders of Nyamhongolo area who confirmed that there are currently 4,000 households in need of water.
Way forward: The utility was advised to revise their project proposal, particularly the IFF project proposal template, hydraulic calculations (demand, flow, pump size) and the Bill of Quantities. Further, MWAUWASA should determine how much water can be supplied to the project area. This, in turn, will determine how many customers can be connected as part of the proposed IFF Programme.

 

 

IFF-OBA Programme Brochure

On 06.04.2019, IFF-OBA programme brochure has been finalised and can be downloaded here

 

 

 

Workshop in Dodoma – Documentation of Financial Expenditure and progress reporting for IFF Projects (2)


On 27.03.2019, the IFF-OBA Team organised a Workshop about the documentation of financial expenditure and progress reporting for IFF Projects. The workshop was conducted at Veta Hotel in Dodoma and a total of 29 participants from five different UWASAs and representatives from the Treasury Registrar and the Ministry of Water were amongst the audience. The main objective of the workshop was to brief those utilities, that will soon start with the implementation of their IFF projects, on the correct documentation of their financial expenditure and application of developed templates for progress reporting. The workshop contained a total of seven different sessions, including a group work regarding the review and presentation of the respective project BOQs.


The workshop evaluation asserted that 92 % of participants considered the content very relevant / relevant to their work.

TANGA UWASA ASSESSMENT VISIT


The IFF-OBA team carried out a project proposal field assessment from 13th to 14th February 2019. The team visited the Mabayanidam, pump house, MOWE treatment plant, the location for the construction of 2 sand filters and a 1000m3 clear water tank.
The team held interviews with customers in Kakindu, Pongwe, Saruji ward and Kilimanjaro cement.During this year’s dry season Tanga UWASA has been rationing its water supply for the first time. The proposed project intends to increase water production through the rehabilitation of the water treatment plant and the construction of a new clear water tank.Water conveyance shall be improved through the construction of a bigger diameter raising main.
Way forward: The utility is in the process of revising the project proposal and BOQs. Thereafter, the Consultant will compile a comprehensive assessment report for the envisaged project.

 

 

MOROGOROUWASA ASSESSMENT VISIT


The IFF-OBA team carried out a project proposal field assessment from 19th to 22nd February 2019. The team visited the location for the construction of the New Bigwa intake,the existing Bongola intake, the location for the construction of 90m3 storage tank, and the sites for the planned distribution mains. Further, the Mindu dam, Mafiga treatment plant, the clear water tank, the Tumbaku reservoir with a capacity of 5,000m3and the pump house were seen.
The team held a meeting with Village Government leaders of Bigwa area to assess the resident’s willingness and ability to pay for the proposed project services. The project intends to extend the distribution network to uncovered service areas of Morogoro UWASA. A total of 1,640 new customers shall be connected to the network.
Way forward: The utility was advised to revise their proposal and the Bill of Quantities. Thereafter, the Consultant will compile a comprehensive assessment report for the envisaged project.

 

 

MOSHI VERIFICATION VISIT


The IFF OBA team carried out a project verification visit to the Moshi Urban Water and Sanitation Authority(MUWSA) from 06.02.2019 to 07.02.2019. The visit aimed at the verification of output targets which include (i) Construction of Mang'ana intake and gravity main(ii) Construction of transmission main and distribution lines (iii) Additional billing of 1,000 customers in new supply areas and (iv) a collection efficiency of at least 90% within the entire service area. Based on the findings of the visit and MUWSA final completion report, the Consultant will compile a comprehensive verification report that will be presented to the IFF Steering Committee for approval. The report will outline the eligible project expenditure that will determine the actual amount of the IFF Grant that shall be disbursed to MUWSA.

 

 

Project Assessment Visit at the Iringa Water Supply and Sanitation Authority


The IFF-OBA team carried out a project proposal field assessment at the Iringa Water Supply and Sanitation Authority from 11th to 12th December 2018. The team visited different watere sources which include the intake and water treatment plant at Ruaha river, Kitwiru spring and  a borehole. Mgongo tank, the area for the construction of a 300m3 storage tank at Igwachanya hill and an existing storage tank that was constructed by DANIDA in 1980`s were also seen.
The proposed project intends to extend the distribution network to uncovered service areas of Iringa UWASA.

Assessment visit to Kahama Water Supply and Sanitation Authority


From 6th to 7th of December 2018, the IFF-OBA team carried out a project proposal field assessment at the Kahama Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (KUWASA). The utility submitted a project proposal to the IFF Secretariat that included the procurement of two cesspit exhauster trucks. The IFF team visited the existing sludge disposal station, the ongoing construction of Busoka waste water stabilization ponds, different septic tanks and soak away pits for domestic and institutional customers. In addition, interviews with three private operators for sludge emptying services were held.
The team also held a meeting with Village Government leaders of Busoka, Nyamhanga, Mhungwa, Nyihongo, Majengo, Mhongolo, Kahama mjini and Nyasubi areas to assess the prevailing situation and the resident’s willingness to pay for the proposed services.

 

IFF OBA at the Annual Water Conference in Mwanza

The IFF OBA team attended the sixth annual water Conference (AWAC 2018) organized by ATAWAS in collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Development Partners. It was held at Belmont Fairmount Hotel in Mwanza from 15th - 16th of November 2018. The IFF OBA Team Leader briefed the audience about the IFF Programme and its objective to mobilise commercial finance for water supply and sanitation investments. The IFF – OBA presentation can be downloaded here.

 

 

Tabora Verification Visit



The IFF OBA team carried out a project verification visit in Tabora from 17.10.2018 to 18.10.2018. The visit aimed at the verification of output targets which include (i) the extension of distribution pipelines, (ii) 900 customer connections, (iii) the construction of 3 water kiosks in low income areas and (iv) a collection efficiency of at least 90% within the entire service area. Based on the findings of the visit and TUWASA’s final completion report, the Consultant will compile a comprehensive verification report that will be presented to the IFF Steering Committee for approval during the next meeting that is tentatively scheduled for the end of November 2018.

ASSESSMENT VISIT TO BUKOBA UWASA

The IFF-OBA team carried out a project proposal field assessment from 17th to 18th September 2018. The team visited the proposed project areas in Machinjioni, Bugashani, Nshambya, Kahororo, Kyebitembe and Buhembe, as well as the existing Bunena intake and water treatment plant, existing FFU tank, Kashura tank and Machinjioni tank. The ongoing project for the construction of a new storage tank, distribution network, Machinjioni pump house and sump which have been financed by the Government of Tanzania were also seen.
The team held a meeting with Village Government leaders of Kahororo, Nshambya and Buhembe areas to assess the resident’s willingness to pay for the proposed project services. The proposed project intends to extend the distribution network to uncovered service areas of Bukoba UWASA.
Way forward: The utility was advised to revise their proposal, particularly with regard to the option of including or removing the booster station at Nshambya. Further, the working schedule should include the anticipated number of customer connections so as to assess the increase in revenue collection in different years.

Assessment Visit to Kigoma UWASA


From 20.09.2018 – 21.09.2018, the IFF team conducted a project assessment visit at the Kigoma Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority. The utility has been implementing an EU and KFW financed project that has reached 90% completion according to the judgment of the Contractor. The investments include the installation of a total of nine high level pumps and transmission mains that supply different storage tanks in the entire supply area. The remaining works also cover the completion of the intake structure at Lake Tanganyika so as to increase the supply of raw water. Currently the utility pumps water at a volume of 10,500 m3 per day, which is by far not sufficient to cover the demand of the town.
The assessment visit was instrumental to identify priority areas that need to be further supported in the near future so the utility is able to increase their coverage once the additional supply of raw water is ensured.


IFF Workshop in Dodoma at “Chuo cha Mipango”

From 20.06.2018 – 21.06. 2018, the IFF – OBA Team organised a workshop in Dodoma. A total of 39 participants from different UWASAs, Tanzanian Banks, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Treasury Registrar and EWURA joined this event. All participants got acquainted with the IFF Financial Analysis Tool that was developed to project utility cash flows in the context of the IFF Project Assessment. In addition to the theoretic structure of the tool, participants were exposed to a case study that provided the required data for the practical application of the tool.


The IFF- OBA team also convened an internal meeting with CRDB, NMB, TIB, EWURA, MoWI and Treasury Registrar representatives during this workshop. The Workshop report, including the outcome of the evaluation can be viewed here.

 

 

PROJECT ASSESSMENT VISIT TO MBEYA UWASA


The IFF-OBA Secretariat received two project proposals for the extension of the water supply network in Shewa and Itezi-Isyesye on 25.05.2018. A field assessment was carried out from 6th to 7th of June 2018. The team visited the proposed project areas in Shewa and Itezi-Isyesye, as well as the existing water supply infrastructures.
The assessment also included a meeting with Village Government leaders of Shewa to assess the resident’s willingness to pay for the proposed project services. The proposed project intends to extend the distribution network to uncovered service areas of Mbeya UWASA.
Way forward: Since the utility cannot manage to implement two water supply projects in parallel, they were advised to focus on the Shewa proposal that shall be implemented in the context of IFF - OBA at this time.

Integrating Pipe Suppliers’ views for the development of a concept for financing water infrastructure in the IFF-OBA Programme

The IFF-OBA team spent the last month investigating how supplier credits for financing infrastructure in the water sector are practiced in Tanzania and subsequently evaluated the potential integration of these supplier credits into the IFF-OBA Programme.
The team met with five local pipe suppliers in Dar Es Salaam to obtain their views and experi-ences in providing pipes on long-term credit terms to water utilities. Commercial Banks were likewise interviewed taking into account their views regarding supplier credits. The IFF-OBA team also visited the Moshi Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (MUWSA) to better understand procurement and tendering processes for goods such as pipes.
The IFF – OBA would like to thank all the suppliers, commercial banks and water utilities that took the time to share their experiences and ideas with the IFF-OBA team.
 

SHUWASA PROJECT ASSESSMENT VISIT

From 29.05.2018 to 31.05.2018, the IFF team visited the Shinyanga Water Supply and Sanitation Authority. The main aim of the visit was to assess the existing water supply situation and the proposal that was submitted to IFF-OBA.
The team explored the 18,000m3 water storage tank which is fed by KASHWASA bulk water from Lake Victoria. Due to high pressure the water is distributed to four elevated break pressure tanks that have a capacity of 250m3 each.
The team also visited the earmarked project areas in Ndembezi, Butengwa, Masekelo and Kitangili to assess the tapping point and to conduct meetings with Mtaa leader. Those meetings were instrumental to assess the prevailing water situation in the areas and the future customer’s willingness to pay for the water connection.

 

INTERIM VISIT TO TUWASA AND MUWSA

From 18th April 2018 – 20th April 2018 and from 14th May 2018 – 16th May 2018, the IFF Consultant conducted an interim visit to Tabora Urban Water and Sewerage Authority (TUWASA) and Moshi Urban Water and Sewerage Authority (MUWSA), respectively. The aim of the visits was to assess the documentation of financial expenditure and to clarify some inconsistencies that occurred in the interim report.

COOPERATION WITH BANKS IN TANZANIA

The IFF-OBA team visited NMB, TIB, CRDB and NBC in March 2018 to discuss their role in financing Water Authorities, seek to understand their key requirements in lending and whether there is a possibility of negotiating loan terms offered in their term sheets. All four banks expressed their strong interest in cooperating with water authorities to finance projects. They commonly considered the IFF Programme and the potential OBA subsidy as beneficial to the successful implementation of projects.