Biharu, Tanzania

Project Overview

The EWB-GA Tanzania team has partnered with the community of Biharu and a non-governmental organization (NGO), MANLUKU Youth Development Initiatives, to rehabilitate the community’s existing water system.  Originally designed to serve 3,000 people, the system can no longer provide an adequate volume of water for the 12,000 citizens of the Biharu Ward. The water source is gravity-fed over a distance of 7 km with no available water treatment.

Additional storage capacity for the community is a necessity. The team will address the problem by investigating two primary alternatives: utilizing the existing water source with complimentary water treatment technology or installing groundwater wells. EWB-GA will address these issues by working closely with our in-country partners to ensure a human-centered design that best fits the community’s needs. 

Community Overview

Biharu, a community known for its friendly and welcoming people, resides in rural northwestern Tanzania. The region’s primary language is Kiswahili, and the community supports itself from subsistence agriculture.

The Biharu water board oversees the water system, including collecting fees and maintenance of the water system. EWB-GA will work closely with the board to equip them with the training and resources necessary to ensure the project’s sustainability.

Current Project Status

The pandemic has prohibited team from visiting the community. They are currently planning and executing work they are able to complete remotely. EWB-GA has successfully:

  • Conducted a hydrogeologic survey to identify potential sites for water well drilling in partnership with Jovial LTD
  • Completed water quality testing in partnership with the United Republic of Tanzania Ministry of Water – Kigoma Zonal Water Quality Laboratory 
  • Provided support for the purchase of 35 handwashing stations for the community at the request of MANLUKU
  • Collaborated with MANLUKU to administer a world-renowned assessment tool, the Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) survey, to the community*

*The results of the HWISE survey administered in May 2021 determined that 95% of surveyed homes were water insecure. 

Getting Involved

The Tanzania team meets virtually weekly on Tuesdays.

For more information or to get involved, please email tanzania@ewbgreateraustin.org.