Elang’atadapash and Noondoto Villages are situated in the Longido District of Arusha and are home to the indigenous Maasai communities. The water supply infrastructures in these villages were constructed in the early 1970s and some thirty years on, were found to be in a dire state of disrepair. In fact, a recent study, conducted by the Longido District Water Authority, found that the only reliable source of water which was serving both villages was coming from just one water tank in Noondoto.
With the absence of a Water User Association (WUA) - and hence, nobody trained to maintain the broken water pipes - the consequences of this were shocking. Namely, that women and children were having to travel up to 16 hours just to collect enough water for their daily needs.
A study concluded that the best solution would be to repair and upgrade the pipeline system running through Noondoto and Elang’atadapash and to improve the existing water pool by converting it into a Charco dam. This would ensure that enough clean, safe water could be provided to both communities.
What We Did:
- Restored an old pipeline running through Noondoto and Elang’atadapash villages
- Repaired two water storage tanks
- Constructed three domestic water points
- Converted a water pool into a Charco dam
- The water supply in Noondoto and Elang'atadapash is now considerably improved following the repairs made to the pipeline – at least 65% of the communities are now accessing clean, safe water
- The distance travelled by women and girls has reduced significantly; women can now focus on income generating activities and girls can attend school
- Young Maasai boys are also able to attend school, as they no longer have to walk long distances to find water for their cattle
- Almost half of the representatives on the WUA boards are now women – a noticeable rise since the project implementation
- The rehabilitation of the pipeline, water points, troughs and ponds are seen by the community as a major step in drought mitigation
- The project has also helped to improve pasture management and the health of livestock
- Fewer women are now giving birth whilst on long trips to fetch water
- Health clinics are benefiting from the new water source and are no longer demanding that women bring their own bottles of water (as they had done previously according to the District Hospital Authorities); as a result, more women are giving birth at the clinics
Just a Drop’s local partner, The Ilkisongo Pastoralists Initiative (IPI), will work with the community Water User Association (WUA) to ensure that the water supply is operated correctly and maintained in both villages.
The collection of water revenue will be the responsibility of the WUA, following training workshops provided by the IPI. They will also continue to educate and carry out water user’s hygiene training, oversee the maintenance of the project and co-ordinate the village WUA’s collaboration with the District Water Department and other water stakeholders of the district. The WUA, once established, will also receive the same support and monitoring from the District Water Engineer as per standard for rural water supply schemes.
IPI also works with the Maasai pastoralists in order to improve their quality of life through training in conservation, education and livelihoods. They plan to construct some demonstration latrines in the area which will help to educate and create an awareness of sanitation and hygiene at a community level and will hopefully lead to the construction of household toilets by the communities.
Just a Drop will continue to monitor and report on the effectiveness of this project over the next seven years.
Our sincere thanks to Mostra Convegno Expocomfort for making this project possible.
Date of Project: October 2012