International Studies & Programs

Water Access and Safety

Water access and quality projects focus on improving access to and the quality of water for communities, as well as enhancing community water system management capacities through training and community education.


traditional women water.jpgIn 2009 when TPP first began working in Naitolia, over 85 percent of Naitolia households got their water from unsafe sources and women spent many hours hauling water to their homes. By 2015, in collaboration with the District government and village members, TPP installed a water distribution system that draws from a deep well with safe water. The water system now reaches all but one sub-village in this sprawling Maasai community. TPP trained the Village Water Committee that oversees the system and installed rainwater harvesting systems at the school and village health dispensary. But just as a solution to water access was in sight, unseasonably heavy rains and flooding damaged key parts of the water system. A new pump house was constructed well above the 100 year flood plain and repairs were made to the generator which supplies electricity to pump water to distant parts of the village.


Naitolia

  • A new Village Water Committee was formed after the national 2015 elections. The new members received training on repair and maintenance of the water system, financial management and relationships with the District Water Department.
  • A new water storage tank was built near the well to replace the old and leaking water storage tank. The new tank will greatly reduce water waste and make the system less costly to operate.
  • In early February, unseasonable and exceptionally heavy rains causedthe river to flood, inundating the pump house at the well and causing damage to the generator. Repairs were done and the generator is now in operation. Even though the pump house was built above the flood plain, shifting and unpredictable weather patterns prompted a decision to move the pump house to a higher elevation. Villagers contributed local materials and labor for the construction.
  • Rainwater harvesting systems were installed at the new health dispensary consisting of two tanks at 15,000 liters each. The tanks supply water to the clinic which makes it much easier to maintain sanitary conditions. The rainwater system also reduces the cost and time required of health care workers to provide safe water for health services.
  • Despite improved access to safe water, during the rainy season many people still collect water from unsafe, but free, sources. Community education has begun on the importance of drinking safe water and on how to make water safe to drink.