More than 70,000 across 36 rural villages in Tanzania will benefit from an innovative water access project, which will see solar powered water systems installed across the Dodoma, Kilimanjaro, Mara, Mwanza, Singida, and Tabora regions.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Coca Cola Foundation (TCCF), through their Water and Development Alliance (WADA) global partnership are supporting project activities with a combined investment of more than US$1 million.

Tanzania has been facing unprecedented water stress. Rural villages often rely on out-of-date and inefficient water point technology for their water systems, resulting in expensive fuel costs, breakdowns, and as a result, a lack of access to safe water for communities. The project will install or upgrade solar-powered water systems in the 36 villages, identified by the Tanzanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation.

The model for sustainable water systems is focused not only on the installation of wells but on developing local know-how and technical knowledge to enable the villages to manage their own resilient water systems longer term.

It will provide two years of technical support to train and develop water service entrepreneurs in performing basic operations and maintenance tasks. This training will increase the self-reliance of the rural villages, enabling sustained access to a safe water supply.

In addition, this project will collaborate with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, their Regional and District Water Engineers, and staff and students at the University of Dodoma to improve management of groundwater suppliers across the nation. This will include installing a solar-powered water system training program at the University of Dodoma, providing on-the-ground capacity building opportunities through field work.

“For over a decade, The Coca-Cola Company and its Foundation have partnered with USAID, bringing shared opportunity to communities. We are pleased to launch this innovating new project to rural communities in Tanzania, building healthy and resilient villages through improved access to water and sanitation,” said Ahmed Rady, General Manager for Coca-Cola East & Central Franchise.

WADA Tanzania is being implemented by a consortium of partners led by The Ohio State University and managed in Tanzania by WorldServe International. Together, WorldServe International and Waterboys, an American charity founded by US National Football League (NFL) athlete Chris Long, are contributing U.S. $1 million in co-financing to scale project activities.