When there are no adequate liquid and solid waste management services, it can lead to nearby rivers and the surrounding environment to become polluted. Just 10% of Dar es Salaam is connected to the sewer system, which means there is a huge challenge with emptying pit-latrines in a safe and hygienic way.

Children play at the edge of the sprawling rubbish dump in Mbagala, Kibonde Maji A Ward, Temeke Municipality, Dar es Salaam City, Tanzania – February 2015
WaterAid/ Eliza Deacon
Children play at the edge of the sprawling rubbish dump in Mbagala, Kibonde Maji A Ward, Temeke Municipality, Dar es Salaam City, Tanzania – February 2015

Since 2014, we have been working with sanitation entrepreneurs in the city, supporting them to become legal enterprises that offer liquid and solid waste services to the poorest streets in Temeke and Kigamboni Municipal. 

This has involved providing a loan to the businesses, managed by a local microfinance institution. We have provided training on skills from financial management to marketing, as well as how to use the pit-emptying technologies, such as the gulper. 

We have worked with Borda and PDF to construct several Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Systems (DEWATS). The lessons and experiences we have shared with the sector has led to the World Bank committing to construct 50 DEWATs in the city.