Tanzania plans to reinforce water sources protection laws

DAR ES SALAAM, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Tanzania's Ministry of Water has tabled in parliament a bill seeking to reinforce laws for the protection of water sources.

The bill seen by Xinhua on Sunday aims at strengthening the protection and conservation of water sources from pollution, soil erosion or any other adverse effect.

The bill seeks to introduce provisions relating to impoundment of water as one of the activities that require a water permit.

It says impoundment of water entails interference of natural flows of water which may lead to adverse effects to water resource, environment and other water uses.

Last month, the Minister for Water, Jumaa Aweso, said Tanzania has surveyed and identified 163 water sources for conservation and protection.

Aweso said most of the identified water sources for conservation and protection were facing threats caused by human activities and climate change.

Tabling his ministry's budget estimates for the 2022/2023 financial year that runs from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023, Aweso told the House in the capital Dodoma that most of the identified water sources are located in the country's water basins.

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