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Rainwater works for Waterworks 2018 in Tanzania
  • by Amy Touzell
  • November 12, 2018

23 million people in Tanzania do not have access to safe water. Typically, women and children spend over two hours a day collecting water, and up to seven hours in remote areas.  A simple and often cheaper way to collect water is through rainwater harvesting. Water is collected of the roofs of buildings and stored for longer term needs. Tanzania may have problematic rainfall but it does get some.

The advantage of collecting rainwater directly is that it is relatively pure and can be used for drinking water. Only 5% Tanzanians have access to a piped water source. 

Our project is great for the environment and great for the community. By installing an efficient rainwater collection system of a roof a church, located strategically within the community, water is collected during the rainy season and stored for community usage.  Here’s how it works: rain runs off the roof down six pipes to the 2 x 10,000 L tanks 70 metres away, then a small pump takes 3000 litres to a tank that gravity feeds to all waterpoints, including a publicly accessible tap for the community at large!

This project benefits over 1500 people.  Our operations manager, Eddie Ozols had the great privilege to attend the opening of the project. A great many people gathered for the official opening, which was done in the usual African style with ribbon cutting, an official plaque, and the bucket carrying challenge!  To read about all our Waterworks for a Thirsty World project click here.    

Please consider fundraising or to donating towards  Waterworks for a Thirsty World.

Rain Harvesting, Waterwoks Project in Tanzania

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