In 2017, WaterAid Tanzania entered into a partnership with Arusha District Council, Nelson Mandela University - Institute of Science and Technology (NMU-IST), eWATERpay Ltd and Tumaini Jipya, to start a project across five villages in Arusha District. This project is funded by the Department for International Development UK (DFID).
The project is aiming to provide over 50,000 people with access to a sustainability water supply and sanitation services. The design of the project includes drilling one borehole at Ngaramtoni, and three water tanks. After initially testing the water quality, it was found that there was very high levels of flouride. As a result, we are now constructing large flouride tanks, the biggest ones in the country. This will ensure the water that reaches the communities is safe for consumption.
The project is using several innovations to ensure the services remain sustainable, including solar pumping systems and the prepaid meters, which ensure financial accountability of the water user fees.
Alongside this, there has been a hygiene behaviour change campaign happening in the villages to improve communities' behaviours regarding sanitation and hygiene.