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PWRDF provides water supplies to 50,000 people in Tanzania

A boy pumps water in Ruponda, Tanzania. A new borehole in the village provides water for 3000 people. Photo: Zaida Bastos

July 17, 2015

By Simon Chambers

For women in 12 villages in rural Tanzania, life is getting better.  Before PWRDF and the Diocese of Masasi, with funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), began working with the villages, women would have to walk 6 to 8 kilometers round trip to get water for cooking, cleaning, or even irrigating their crops.

Thanks to water projects by the Diocese of Masasi in their villages, their round trip is now no more than 500m.  17 boreholes ranging from less than 50m to 200m deep are now providing clean, potable water in the villages.

Boreholes- a practical solution

A borehole is a relatively simple, cost-effective way to dig down to the water table and provide water to up to 3000 people.  A simple hand pump is attached at the top of the pipe.  A hand pump is easier for the local people to learn to repair, and doesn’t require electricity to operate.

Two people in each village have been trained as pump operators, learning how to do maintenance and repairs on the hand pumps, ensuring that the pumps will last well past the end of the Diocese of Masasi’s project in the village.

To date, PWRDF and the Diocese of Masasi have dug 17 boreholes in the villages, providing water within 500m of the homes of 65,000 people in the 12 villages.  A further 16 wells have been rehabilitated and repaired, providing clean water to another 33,000 people.

More to come

Over the final two years of the five year project, the Diocese will dig a further 13 boreholes in 6 more villages to provide clean water to thousands more families.  After all—in the words of Geoffrey Monjesa, the program coordinator at the Diocese of Masasi, “You can’t talk of health or food security without water.”

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