Anthony Sanga: “You need to change the mindset of the people”
Thursday, 05 March 2020

Anthony Sanga: “You need to change the mindset of the people”


Anthony Sanga is an engineer and water and sanitation specialist from the United Republic of Tanzania.

Earning a Bachelor degree in water supply management in his home country before completing a Master's degree in water service management in the Netherlands, Eng Anthony has now been working in the water sector for 16 years.


aquOnline caught up with Eng Sanga on the sidelines of theWorld Water Tech Summit。A summary of the interview can be read below.

Aquatech Online(AO):您在坦桑尼亚的最大水实用程序中度过了多年 - 您认为在此期间的主要成就是什么?

Eng Anthony Sanga (AS): I would say my biggest achievement when I was working as a managing director was to accomplish a number of significant projects on time and of good quality. These were supported by different financiers and also the government so it was important that they were completed successfully. Some were opened by his excellence, our President, and he was impressed by what he witnessed.


AS: Through my experience of more than 15 years working in the water utilities, I have found that sometimes you have a challenge of dealing with water leakage but you have to think of it as part of the whole system. Sometimes we deal with the issue by applying technologies but they don't always work.

The way leakage is handled in Germany, England and Netherlands, for example, might be different from the way it has to be handled in developing countries, particularly in countries like Tanzania.


AO: In terms of the long-term future strategy for Tanzania’s water sector, how do you view tariffs and increases in tariffs necessary to help address ageing infrastructure?

:关税不会因为不太和谐的解决方案le start complaining. Yes, increase tariffs but would this stop the non-revenue water? No. You have to improve the infrastructure so we need financing for that, I agree with you. But after we have done, if we have taken the loan, then you can adjust the tariffs, so we need both. Tariffs do not come first; improvements following financing must come first.

AO:你已经提到了改进基础结构,所以你需要什么解决方案 - 你在哪里看到存在缺口尚未充满急需的解决方案?

AS: Technology cannot go backward, it has to go forward. We really need this especially for the infrastructure. If you can name one system where it can show you there is a pressure drop somewhere within your system, it would definitely be easier for you to detect that there is a leak somewhere.



AS: Improve the coverage and reduce the non-revenue.

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