Golden Jubilee Appeal
FUM has launched a major fundraising effort with the long term aim of providing all our clinics and FDCs with a reliable supply of good quality water. Our initial target was for each of our four most needy sites to be provided for.
Easter 2017 update
We now have our first four sites provided for - details below.
More sites will follow as funds allow.
Water is a significant and ongoing problem for much of Tabora Region, and climate change is making it worse.
The traditional shallow-wells and rainwater harvesting systems found in most of our villages are becoming increasingly unreliable. Crop yields and people's health are both affected.
Poor quality drinking water is a major cause of diarrhoea, the second most common ailment after malaria and the cause of death of an estimated 30,000 children each year in Tanzania.
Reliable water supplies
FUM's approach is always to take advice from the local District Water Engineer and tailor an optimum solution for each locality.
Three sources of water are possible, depending on the local situation. These are:
FUM has a good track record over the past years with successful boreholes drilled and in operation at Nzega Hospital and near Urambo Hospital. They provide a reliable, potable water supply and have functioned without problems for many years in Nzega and Urambo.
At Urambo and Sikonge FDCs improvements to the local town water supplies have meant that metered connections to them are the best solution and these also are now fully functioning. Some rainwater harvesting is also in operation to reduce the supply costs.
At Mbooga, a remote village with neither a town supply nearby nor suitable strata for a borehole, extensive rainwater harvesting will be used. Large storage tanks in the ground are often more cost effective than plastic SIM tanks.