In this reporting period SAWA performed the following activities:
- Managed to facilitate an overall assessment of water service status in 36 wards in Kilosa. The team used general forms from the District Water Engineer and that were facilitated through Ward Executive officers. The tool gave broader picture of water sources available, management models functionality of the water points. This information enabled SAWA/WARIDI to identify communities to concentrate on for the facilitation of COWSO formation, training, and to also facilitate registration processes.
- Conducted COWSO Assessment using Community Index tool/Community Competence Model (CCM) on 9 COWSOs of Dumila, Madoto, Parakuyo, Ruaha, Maguha, Kidete, Magubike, Mvumi and Rudewa Wards, and also 4 water committees for Parakuyo, Kitete, Mandela and Wedo. The assessment results showed that 4 out of 9 COWSOs are still on the registration process and they have already submitted all required documents to district COWSO registrar. Some of the COWSO leaders are all new except the secretary, hence they have not received any kind of training because the first leadership was removed from office due to overstaying as per constitution. The other COWSOs are experiencing unstable power supply, which leads to low supply of water, high running cost of projects. For example, two months ago Dumila had to incur cost of Tsh. 8 million to buy a new motor because their existing one was broken due to power fluctuations. Auditing is not done regularly in all 9 assessed COWSOs, only one (Ruaha COWSO) was audited in August of 2016 and the rest have not been audited.
- Water Point Mapping using GPS was conducted to map out the status of water facilities. A total of 23 villages have been mapped to start this exercise and it is expected to continue as the project is going. The purpose is to support and provide the District Water Engineer with good data on the status of the functionality of water projects in the district. The SAWA team is performing this task with DFT as part of capacity development.
- Conducted community awareness meetings on the formation of COWSOs in the 12 villages of Mululu, Madizini, Kisanga, Wedo and Msolwa villages of Kisanga ward, Kitete, Madoto, Parakuyo villages of Madoto ward, Magole A and Mandela village of Magole ward, and Zombo village. Msolwa village requested more time to digest on the importance of their project being managed by COWSO because they are getting free water for the project from the Roman Catholic Church taking all costs for O&M and paying the water permit to Ruaha water basin. Magole village needs more time for internal discussions to clear their concerns regarding the water project before they decide togo for COWSO as model of management. The rest of the villages accepted and formed Interim committees to facilitate the development of constitution and registration, which will then be endorsed by the whole community.
- Stakeholders’ orientation about the COWSO establishment and training was conducted to CWST, DFT, and ward representatives from new and existing COWSOs. The participants had an opportunity to understand the water policy of 2002, the Water and Sanitation Act no. 11 & 12 of 2009, and the 2010 water guidelines that governs COWSO establishment and its operations. The participants agreed that topics like financial management, customer care, and operation and maintenance are important to new and existing COWSOs. The findings of the initial assessment from COWSOs plus the challenges and best practices were shared to 22 people (14 males and 8 female stakeholders).
- SAWA, in collaboration with WARIDI, facilitated Kilosa district Water Engineer (DWE), registrar and Community Development Officer to visit COWSO in Mvumi village as part of learning from existing COWSOs. It was observed that Mvumi are now in the process of introducing new metering systems (E-Water system), which uses an electronic device to count the amount of water used. This will reduce the quantity of unaccounted water and increase the water collections. The COWSO leaders plan to prepare and share income and expenditure report to COWSO members on a quarterly basis. The records shows that the project is progressing. For example, when the project started operating in 2012, only 4 people had a direct connection in their houses but now 116 houses are connected. The public points were 36 and now they are 37 DPs. The 1st week of November 2017, Mvumi COWSO visited Kidiwali COWSO in Manyara region to learn how E-Water system operates. In total, 15 people were engaged in the visit discussions, whereby 7 people were female and 8 were male.
Looking forward for the COWSO project in Kilosa:
- Conduct orientation training to Interim committee and village leaders to develop a draft constitution.
- Conduct support visits to COWSOs formation and registration processes to ensure compliance as per COWSO national guidelines and registration.
- Conduct training to new selected COWSO leaders and government leaders to equip them with relevant knowledge
- Conduct a workshop with key stakeholders CWST, DFT, WARIDI to develop a sustainability plan.