The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Coca Cola Foundation (TCCF), through their Water and Development Alliance (WADA) global partnership, have launched activities that will transform the lives of more than 70,000 rural Tanzanians who often rely on out-of-date and inefficient technology for their water systems. With a combined investment of more than $1 million from USAID and TCCF, WADA Tanzania will install or upgrade solar-powered water systems in 36 villages identified by the Tanzanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation across the Dodoma, Kilimanjaro, Mara, Mwanza, Singida, and Tabora regions.
Using the Sustainable Village Water Systems model developed by The Ohio State University’s Global Water Institute, appropriately sized wells will be installed and sustainable operating systems will be deployed. The sustainable systems include a clean source of renewable energy, improved sanitation at clinics and schools and a direct linkage to economic activities such as agriculture, aquaponics or micro-manufacturing.
WADA Tanzania is being implemented by a consortium of partners led by Ohio State and managed in Tanzania by WorldServe International. Together, WorldServe International, and Waterboys, an American charity founded by U.S. National Football League (NFL) athlete Chris Long, are contributing $1 million in co-financing to scale project activities.