U.S. Government-Funded iWASH Program Helps More Than 200,000 Tanzanians Access Water Supply

On January 28, 2016, Tanzanian organizations working in the water sector joined members of the development community at the Seascape Hotel in Dar es Salaam to mark the successful completion of the USAID-funded Tanzania Integrated Water Sanitation and Hygiene (iWASH) program, which supplied water to more than 200,000 Tanzanians and helped another 40,000 gain access to improved sanitation in schools and homes. In addition, more than 250,000 people were sensitized to hygiene and sanitation as a result of support from iWASH, which was implemented by the Global Water for Sustainability consortium.

iWASH draws to a close in February 2016 following six years of working to improve the health and economic resilience of some of Tanzania’s poorest rural and small town communities through support to sustainable, market-driven water supply, sanitation, and hygiene services, while also supporting the sustainable management of water resources. Working with local implementing partners, iWASH has expanded access to these services in some of the least served communities in the regions of Morogoro, Njombe, and Iringa.

iWASH equipped Tanzanians to consolidate these gains over time, training more than a thousand Tanzanians in water resource management and supporting 32 Tanzanians with their post-graduate studies in water resources. The program also worked closely with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation and the Wami Ruvu Basin Water Office to improve sustainable management of water resources and watersheds.

“I am proud to say that the Wami Ruvu Basin benefited from the iWASH program. We now have a good base,” said Praxeda Kalugendo, Wami Ruvu Basin Water Officer. “We have many challenges ahead, but this program has helped us to develop tools and approaches for integrated water resource management.”

Institutional and human capacity building were central to iWASH, as were scientific research and pilot projects to improve information and knowledge on water resources. iWASH support allowed for the completion of an Environment Flow Assessment and Estuary Studies carried out for the Wami and Ruvu Rivers. The project also trained and mobilized 22 local private sector entities to carry out low-cost drilling throughout Tanzania.

“Access to water is essential,” said Gilbert Kajuna, USAID/Tanzania Deputy Team Leader for Natural Resource Management. “USAID is proud to have worked in partnership with the Government of Tanzania, local NGOs, the private sector, and universities to bring productive use of water to more than 3,700 households.”

To request more information about this event, please email Japhet Sanga (SangaJJ@state.gov), Senior Information Specialist at U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam.