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USAID works with communities to improve local stewardship of water resources
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Since 2010 USAID has assisted Tanzania’s water sector to increase access to safe drinking water, sanitation facilities and hygiene services for rural communities in target areas. Working within critically threatened watersheds, USAID’s Tanzania Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (iWASH) Program supports the delivery of sustainable, market-driven water supply, sanitation, and hygiene services to improve health and increase economic resiliency of the poor.

The activities target two of Tanzania’s most critical water basins– the Wami-Ruvu and the Great Ruaha. The criteria used to identify project sites includes: level of need for water services, market potential for private sector involvement, Tanzania government’s water sector development priorities, opportunities to leverage past and current investments through USAID initiatives, and ongoing work of the implementing partners. The iWASH program takes an integrated regional or “landscape” focus, working across key programming areas in natural resources management, rural development, and water supply, sanitation and hygiene. Embedded within the iWASH program is the Water and Development Alliance, an innovative public-private partnership between USAID and Coca-Cola Foundation. Drinking water supply and sanitation are key water-related issues addressed by USAID programing.

Since 2010, iWASH has worked with water basin offices, district authorities, local entrepreneurs and other strategic partners to identify priority communities for implementation of programs that promote integrated approaches for multiple uses of water, targeting more than 45,000 individuals. Specific activities under this component include mobilization of selected communities’ water management schemes to require assisted communities to select water supply options based on their current and anticipated water needs for domestic and productive uses, as well as available water sources. The program supports the formation of water user associations for each developed water source and is building the capacity of the associations in integrated water resources management and income generation through productive uses of water.

Last updated: October 13, 2016

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