Profile ‘Nwash/Bomba’ project in Tanzania

Who? This PPP, funded by the Sustainable Water Fund (FDW), is started up by a consortium of seven partners. Besides the lead applicant SNV, the Dutch stakeholders are the water operator Dunea, research organisation TNO, water company Hatenboer and the BoP Innovation Center (BoP Inc). The two Tanzanian actors in the Nwash project are the public water operator Muwasa and the regional secretariat of Mara Region.

What? The Nwash project (its name comes from: Networking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is aimed at blueprinting and validating a business model for delivering safe water on a sustainable basis to rural communities. It has started a social business by means of an independent mini-network water operator: ‘Bomba Maji’ (Bomba is Swahili for both ‘water pipe’ as ‘excellent’). Bomba will provide 230,000 people with safe water within the coming five years.

Where? Nwash is working in Mara Region, in the north of Tanzania.

When? The PPP has kicked off in April 2013. It will run until the end of March 2016.

Why? In the Mara Region, village water schemes are not or barely delivering effective services. This is problematic for the local households who are dependent on safe water for drinking, cooking, washing and cleaning. The project partners found major challenges in the sector, due to a lack of functionality of rural water facilities and high levels of fluoride in the water. Recent reforms created the policy opportunity for separating water delivery from water consumption. The Nwash project benefits from this opportunity by starting Bomba, and by introducing a small-scale fluoride treatment technology.

Interested in this PPP? Here you can read the duo-interview with Leo Nijland of Dunea, and Taco de Vries of BoP Inc.