Bringing reliable access to water to rural communities in Tanzania

January 07, 2021

The RSK eWATERservices Joint Venture (RSK eWS JV) is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed the pilot installations of two new water systems in two rural villages in Tanzania, Africa – Zanka, Dodoma and Ng’ang’uli, Singida.

Due to unreliable systems, the communities of both villages have, up until now, had to rely on surface water such as rivers and rainwater pools for drinking and other uses. These sources present several challenges, including the amount of time it takes to walk to them. This task is often left to the girls in a household meaning they are unable to attend school. Furthermore, these sources are often dirty, meaning that communities risk disease and must boil their water before use, which requires additional firewood or charcoal.

These new systems, successfully commissioned in time for New Year, provide the local communities with access to affordable and reliable clean water.

The solution

The RSK eWS JV has developed and deployed a smart meter that ensures a reliable means to collect revenue from the dispersal of water. This revenue is then used to operate and maintain the system such that communities are able to access reliable clean water.

The successful completion of these pilot installations paves the way for the rollout of our water systems to a much larger number of rural villages across the Dodoma and Singida regions. The joint venture will install 650 solar-powered eWaterPay ‘pay as you go’ meters. These will deliver water to 164,000 people across the region. The low-cost, pay as you go system uses mobile technology that is already serving 110,000 families across the Gambia, Ghana and Tanzania and has dispensed over 260 million litres of affordable, accessible, clean water to rural communities.

The RSK eWS JV featured on African television network CNBC in September 2020.

You can find out more about the project here.

RSK eWS JV is a partnership of RSK Environment Ltd and eWATERservicesLtd.

RSK Environment Ltd is an international environmental engineering consultancy and technical services company with over 4,000 employees, spread across more than 100 locations globally. It has offices in Tanzania and Uganda that support operations in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda.

eWATERservices has been operating in Tanzania since 2018 and has delivered 100 million litres of water to over 50,000 people across the country with 95% reliability. eWATER has developed both the revenue collection technology and a method of operating whole water systems that mean we are able to conduct proactive maintenance for maximum reliability.