Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation – Lenders’ Supervisor

Assessment and monitoring of water and sanitation programme for Lake Victoria on behalf of the client
European Investment Bank  |  Lake Victoria, Tanzania



The European Investment Bank and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed two loan agreements with the Republic of Tanzania for an amount of EUR 45 million each for the financing of 86% of the investment costs associated with the extension and upgrading of water supply and sanitation in the city of Mwanza and satellite towns Misungi, Magu, Lamadi, as well as sanitation in towns of Bukoba and Musoma. The total project cost is estimated at EUR 105 million, fifteen of which financed by the Republic of Tanzania. The Mwanza project is carried out as a Mutual Reliance Initiative (MRI), under the EIB leadership.

Project Scope

In this project in Tanzania, MWH acts as Lenders’ Supervisor on behalf of the European Investment Bank. We advise the EIB on the progress and management of their capital investments associated with the extension and upgrading of water supply and sanitation infrastructures in the cities of Mwanza, Bukoba and Musoma with the overall objective to improve the wellbeing of the population and protect the environment of Lake Victoria.

The technical assistance operation is financed by the European Union under the Cotonou Agreement, through the European Development Fund (EDF).

Lake Victoria


MWH assists the lenders in the proactive monitoring and risk assessment of the Project for cost, quality and time as well as compliance issues; the disbursement processing, and procurement supervision.

In the role of Lenders’ Supervisor MWH is expected to achieve the following results:

  • review Project Implementation on a regular basis;
  • monitor that procurement is carried in accordance with lenders’ guidelines and in accordance with Tanzania law;
  • ensure the timely fulfilment of contractual conditions under the financing and project agreements, and
  • monitor that the quality of goods and works are delivered as specified.

million out of 30.8 million people in rural areas and small towns have access to safe drinking water

US dollar average income per capita

people per km2 make the Mwanza region the 6th most densely populated region in the world

Interesting facts

The area is a major industrial centre of the republic of Tanzania, as the country is a leading producer of cotton. The mining sector has recently expanded in the region thus having a significant impact on the city’s development and existing infrastructures.

The water and sanitation sector is the most affected by the current economic and population growth, and therefore requires significant consideration and actions. The Lake Victoria ecosystems currently face a number of threats, many raising from inadequate water and sanitation provision in the settlement around the lake. Domestic and industrial sewage, the use of agriculture additives and mining activities have contributed to deteriorating water quality in the lake.

  • 46% Reported water loss in Mwanza 46%
  • 90% of the population is currently covered by the central water supply system 90%
  • Only 10% of the population receive water 24 hours per day 10%
  • • The existing sewerage system of Mwanza serves 8% of population in the central business district and surrounding areas 8%

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