Dar es Salaam, 3 May 2019 – A new partnership between The Coca-Cola Foundation and USAID in Tanzania will deliver sustainable water access to over 70,000 rural Tanzanians, using solar-powered technology.

The project, which officially launched in June of 2018, is through the Water and Development Alliance (WADA), a global partnership between USAID and Coca-Cola. Combined, the partners have invested US$1 million to help deliver sustainable water access to more than 70,000 rural Tanzanians.

Through the project, The Ohio State University is working with local Tanzanian partners in the public and private sector to help transform rural water service delivery to provide sustainable benefits to rural communities. WADA’s investment is matched on a 1:1 basis through co-financing from WorldServe International and Waterboys, an American charity founded by US National Football League athlete Chris Long.

In addition, local Coca-Cola partners Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) and Coca-Cola Kwanza, will provide in-kind support and expertise to promote sustainable water provision. This consortium of partners will train local private water entrepreneurs to help manage solar-powered water supply systems.

Across Tanzania, rural villages often have outdated technology and inefficient water systems, which fail to meet the needs of their communities. These water systems are plagued with high fuel costs, frequent breakdowns from lack of maintenance knowledge, and weak governance structures managing the systems. Together, this prohibits safe water access for their communities.

Together with the Tanzanian Ministry of Water (MOW), the WADA project identified villages in need of assistance and will install or upgrade solar-powered water systems that will improve water access for 70,000 rural Tanzanians. A critical component of the project will be to provide the villages with two years of technical support to train and develop private water entrepreneurs to perform operations and maintenance tasks, with a heavy emphasis on women entrepreneurs. This approach will enable local communities to manage their water systems long after the project ends.

Additionally, the WADA project is investing in the technical knowledge of Tanzania’s workforce through field work with the MOW’s District Water Engineers and capacity-building collaboration with the University of Dodoma.

To date, project activities have been focused in the Singida region of Tanzania, with installation and rehabilitation of water systems in eight villages. The water systems will be outfitted with solar powered pumps and well monitors, which will provide information on the status of the groundwater, ensuring sustainable management of the water resources. This project will create a replicable franchise model for rural water systems that will have applicability across Tanzania and around the world.

Over the next year, WADA partners will be sharing more about the technical work of installing solar-panel pump systems in the villages, the positive impact on local communities through improved maintenance and governance structures, and the capacity building and collaboration with local stakeholders in the local government and academic institutions.