Solar pump project in Dar es Salaam

SAWA was contracted by WFA to implement water supply (using solar technology) and hygiene promotion project in 89 communities’ schools/dispensaries of Dar es Salaam covering all three municipalities of Ilala, Temeke and Kinondoni. The project was designed to utilize existing non-functional boreholes. SAWA conducted the boreholes cleaning, pumping test and water quality testing (to ensure potable water for domestic use), installations of solar pumps and water reservoirs, each with one water point.

The project has been successfully completed whereby over 89,000 people are accessing clean and safe water services at the total average direct costs of TZS 15million ($10,000) per scheme serving the average beneficiaries of 1,000. WFA supported purchasing the solar systems (solar pumps, panels and other accessories) directly from MONO Australia.

For the sustainability enhancement, SAWA involved all key stakeholders including respective local government, private sectors and community at large who are responsible for post operation and maintenance. Additionally, one-year guarantee period along with capacity building centered on financial management were offered to communities. Furthermore, 3 forum were organized at each municipalities, which drew participants from the project areas to share experiences and lessons learnt, from which the participants reported to be happy with the service provided) as the operation and maintenance cost is relatively low though the worry was on reliability of spare parts supply chain.