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Sustainable rural water services

Empowering communities, enhancing social progress: sustainable rural water services in Tanzania
The first phase of this program has been implemented from 2006 and 2012; the second phase is currently in preparation and seeking for financial partners; Social progress in the target communities will be enhanced through increased access to and availability of safe drinking water, by empowering communities, esp. women, to participate fully in the sustainable management of their WASH projects through democratic, good governed and business-oriented community-owned water supply organizations (COWSOs), by improving public health and the nutritional status of children through ensuring the provision of safe drinking water and hygiene promotion, by improving the sustainable management of water resources of the Rufiji River Basin by capacitating and involving COWSOs in river  basin related planning and management processes



target population


iringa and njombe regions (1,7 ml hab)




(1,2 ml hab)

target population

total investment 2006/2015
(milion €) 6,70 €


local membership

  • Member TAWASANET (WASH NGOs network)
  • Member Rural WASH partners group (?)

Main program Partnerships









main financial partners

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FAI International

Assistance Fund (CH)

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main achievements

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water point mapping

water quality testing

cowsos assessment training

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national regulations rural water supply in zanzibar

water source and hydrogeological survey

WASH advocacy

challenge 2015

Setup and support to Tove-Mtwango Water Users Association, supplying water to more than 50.000 users

Tools and skills developed

  • Pressurized and gravity-fed multi-village water schemes

  • Community-based + water supply

  • Market-based strategy to promote household water treatment systems

  • Water point mapping and water quality testing tool

  • Engineering and hydrogeology survey and implementation

  • WASH advocacy training methodology


Framework programme

2012; to be funded

Ambitions 2015/2020

  • National hub for water quality systems and smart technologies
  • Leader in COWSOs (CB water operators) training and support at national scale
  • Leading WASH operations design and implementation in the Iringa and Njombe Regions ( 1,7 Ml hab.) 
  • Integrate environmental assessment tools and Water Resource Management strategy
  • Scaling up operations at Sub-Regional Level