In the wake of rapid urbanisation in Tanzania, Babati has become a bustling town, yet only 3% of the Council's annual budget is spent on water, sanitation and hygiene. 

In 2017, WaterAid Tanzania partnered with the SHARE consortium, Nelson Mandela – African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) and Babati Town Council to conduct research in Babati town. The research aimed to build the evidence needed to help develop and inform a town-wide sanitation and hygiene plan to ensure that as the population grows, the WASH needs of the town can be met. The findings of the research is similarly aiming to support other growing towns in Tanzania to embed WASH in their town planning

WaterAid/Joseph Banzi

Knowledge sharing from across our urban different projects 

We also used this opportunity to share knowledge and experience from across our projects in the different regions of Tanzania. We facilitated Babati Town Council and BAWASA to visit our project in Dar es Salaam, to look at different sanitation options (photo above). The purpose of the visit was to expose BAWASA to liquid and solid waste management alternatives that they could introduce in their own town. While in Dar es Salaa, they met with Mathias Milinga, a sanitation entrepreneur, who was supported by a WaterAid project in 2014. He runs a sanitation business, collecting liquid waste using gulper technology and disposing of it in a Dencentralised Wastewater Treatment System (DEWATS). 

The Shit Flow Diagram

We created the shit flow diagram which shows the current sanitation situation in Babati Town. We handed over the research findings to Babati Town Council last year.

Image: WaterAid/Joseph Banzi