The lack of safe drinking water, taps and distribution systems present major health challenges for our workforce and local communities. As is the case in many rural areas throughout Tanzania, women in the villages where we operate often have to walk long distances each day to fetch clean water. This takes up valuable time that could be better spent on income-generating activities. Lack of access to clean water, therefore, carries economic as well as health implications.
The provision of clean water facilities is a core part of our social responsibility commitment. In helping to promote basic hygiene, it is also a key requirement within the Naturland Standards for Sustainable Capture Fishery, which guide our work in a number of areas.
In the Chato, Missenyi, Muleba and Bukoba urban districts of Kagera, we’ve implemented a shallow wells project to provide access to clean drinking water. To date, we’ve constructed 14 shallow wells throughout the region, plus a further 17 wells in Mwanza, with continuous project funding in place for the future.
We’ve also funded a tap-water supply line to Rumuli Secondary School in Bukoba, and rehabilitated the water pump distribution system – including a brand new pump – at Igabilo fishing community. On Kelebe Island, meanwhile, we’ve implemented a rainwater harvest project and supplied local fisherman with water treatment tablets.
These initiatives are helping to provide safe and clean drinking water for our people in remote rural communities. This, in turn, improves basic health and hygiene. It also benefits local women, who can now use the time previously spent finding water exploring employment opportunities. And our fishermen can take bottles of clean water with them while out fishing, preventing sickness and diarrhoea which can affect their health and their catch.