About Lake Rukwa Basin Water Board:

The Lake Rukwa Water Basin was established in May, 2004 by the previous Water Utilisation (Control and Regulation) Act no. 42 of 1974 and its subsequent amendments Act No. 10 of 1981, Act No. 17 of 1989 and Act No. 8 of 1997.

 

 

 

The Basin is an entity of government under the Ministry responsible for water & Irrigation, mandated to manage (protect, develop and allocate) water resources within the basin as stipulated under Water Resources Management Act No. 11 of 2009.

Lake Rukwa Basin Facts:

Coverage:
Mbeya, Songwe, Rukwa, Katavi, small parts of Tabora and Singida
Total Area:
88,000 km2
Temperature:
25°C to 30°C
Annual rainfall:
1095mm per m2
Population:
2.5 million

Vision:

A well managed basin with improved standard of living for its people through sustainable utilization of water resources.

Mision:

To ensure water resources management is strengthened through Integrated Water Resources Management for sustainable utilization of water and other renewable natural resources (land, game, forests, wetlands, etc).

General Map of Lake Rukwa Basin:

Lake Rukwa Basin started operations in May 2004. The Basin Headquarter Office is in Mbeya Municipality and there is a Sub Office in Sumbawanga Municipality. The Basin is at an infancy stage and it will take time to have all the activities fully operational.

Lake Rukwa Basin is a fairly large basin which comprises parts of the administrative regions of Mbeya, Songwe, Rukwa, and small parts of Tabora. It is an internal drainage system comprising the lake with a surface area of 2,300 km2. The Basin borders Lake Tanganyika Basin to the West and North, Zambia country to the South, Lake Nyasa Basin to the South East and Rufiji River Basin to the East. The entire basin has an area of 88,000 km2 with a population of 2.2 million (2002 census) whereas 19% live in urban and 81% live in rural areas. The population is expected to double by the year 2025

 

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