The Danish government will fund the construction of a rain-fed lake, which will be dug at Nanja village in Tanzanias Arusha region next year
The ward councillor of the area Julius Kalanga revealed that Denmark has injected funds through CARE International so that the man-made lake could be dug in the area which has always suffered prolonged spells of drought.
Speaking during the state visit of Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the ward councillor added that the project was being undertaken by CARE International in conjunction with the local Ekweti Women Group.
The lake will be equipped to hold enough rain water to supply the vicinity areas throughout the year.
The ward leader said, “When it rains here it certainly pours in torrents, sometimes causing floods and if we can tap this potential then the Lepuruko ward will have enough water to fill the lake as well as provide for all villages.”
A local resident, Njokutu Alami who owns 30 cattle, in addition to other domestic animals, said that they have always been compelled to travel up to 20km in search of water and during drought spells the distance doubled. The lake will be expected to bring relief to the drought-stricken area.