In less than five years, the East African country of Tanzania has seen an improvement in water supply, sanitation, and hygiene services, contributing to human capital development, social inclusion, poverty reduction, and climate resilience.
“We used to walk up to nine kilometers to the shallow springs, and it was dark and scary,” explains Janet Robert, who lives in Mtisi, a village that borders Katavi National Park in western Tanzania. “Now we don’t have to wake up so early to wait endlessly for water, and we also get enough water to cover all our needs. I can afford to meet my children’s needs comfortably, and I can also afford extra help, with two workers here at the restaurant and five farmworkers.”
From October 2018 to April 2023, 4,755,578 people have access to improved water sources. As for improved sanitation services, 6,610,540 people now have access to them. A Community-Based Water Supply Organization currently serves 7,422 villages with enhanced operation and maintenance capacity for water supply services. As for improved sanitation and hygiene facilities, 1,904 healthcare facilities and 1,095 public primary schools now have access to them. The government of Tanzania wants 85% of the population to have access to a safely managed water supply and 95% to have access to improved sanitation facilities in rural areas by 2025, and access to water and sanitation for all by 2030.