2004 Success -20,000 People Now With Access to Clean Water
Our 2004 project, the construction of a drinking water well in Buguruni, a slum area of Dar Es Salaam, officially opened on 22nd April 2005. It is now used by up to 20,000 people and is already saving lives.
The main well.
When Pippa went to Tanzania earlier this year she visited the site where the well was built. A community group has been set up to deal with the day-to-day running of the well and a local councillor, Majena, has overall responsibility.
Around Tsh20 (0.01p) is charged for 20 litres of water, which pays for costs (electricity, nominal wages for a caretaker etc.) and repairs. KIWOHEDE keeps a copy of monthly income and expenditure sheets.
Majena said that the Bugurini Ghana well is a good example of a community well and the local people are happy with it. Before the borehole was built, many people spent four hours each day collecting water. He also said a big thank you to Kiota and its supporters.
“At the start of 2004, 15 million Tanzanians lacked access to safe water and had inadequate sanitation. Such conditions lead to diseases that kill hundreds of thousands of Tanzanians each year.” www.bcstimes.com, 19.01.04
There were a few hurdles to overcome before the construction of the well could commence. However, once we had received quotations from various different construction companies, consulted a water engineer to verify costs and KIWOHEDE had communicated with the municipal council to permit and ensure the security and long-life of the well, we were finally able to go ahead and the project was completed in April 2005.
The well, and its extension, were officially opened on 22nd April 2005. We made the decision to fund a deeper if slightly more expensive well (40m as opposed to 25m) in order to reduce risk of contamination. Once built, KIWOHEDE had the water tested by the Ministry of Water and Livestock Department’s water analyst. The water is safe, clean and, unlike other wells in Dar Es Salaam, does not taste salty.
A full report of this project and more photos of the completed well are available to browse on request.
Plaque unveiled 22nd April, 2005.