Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Rufiji Villagers Get Clean Water

Rufiji — MORE than 160 households in Nyambili Village in Rufiji District have reason to celebrate after their long standing shortage of clean water has eventually ended.

The village has been presented with a water well. The households were handed over the water well on Sunday by the Rufiji Farm Estate (T) Ltd. The offer is part of the firm's contribution to members of the community in its neighbourhood.

Some of the village residents, especially women, were thankful that the water well donation will relieve them of the challenge of covering two to three kilometers on foot daily in search of water.

The Village Executive Officer, Juma Mtanda, said the residents were forced to cover long distances in search of water as there was no water source in the area. "This is what we needed in our village.

Women and children had to walk for hours in search of water. We are now happy that they will spend the time doing other economic activities," he said One of the village residents, Rukia Ndende, said that the water well has come as a relief to everyone in the village. She called upon other villagers to ensure that they take good care of the well.

"We usually had to go and fetch water after coming back home from farming. This was a tiring job. We were totally tired at the end of the day, but we are happy now since we can use the time on domestic chores or other production activities," she said.

Tanzania Brush Products Director Shabir Zaveer said that they decided to construct the water well after realizing the hardship the women and children were facing when searching for water.

Water shortage in Tanzania has been a problem for years. The problem is even bigger in rural villages. According to the World Health Organization, one out of six people lack access to safe drinking water in Tanzania.

It has been documented that water shortage has been caused by population growth, high level consumption and climate change which has diminished the resource of water. Water shortage has a direct impact on the well-being and economic activities of members of the community.

Water shortage leads to poor sanitation, consumption of unsafe water and overcrowding at water sources. Furthermore, there is a combination of infectious diseases such as cholera, typhoid and diarrhoea which erupt in communities that face critical shortages of water.

People also spend most of their time fetching water, so other economic activities stall, a situation that compounds poverty.

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