Moerk Water Solutions is currently running a pilot project in Zanzibar, Tanzania, in cooperation with GIZ. This project is being funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Dow Chemical. The aim of the project is to improve access to a self-sufficient, ecologically sustainable and inexpensive supply of drinking water for the population in neighbouring areas of Zanzibar.
The partners worked together to install the first desalination plant near Zanzibar City. The plant supplies water to 600 inhabitants, is operated by solar energy and wind power, and provides 100 litres of drinking water per hour. Now even poor households can afford clean water at the equivalent of three euro cents per litre and protect themselves from water-borne diseases into the bargain. The cost of installing the plant will be recovered within four years.
The University of Karlsruhe was involved in developing the plants, and also helped to devise the training courses for independent operation of the plants by local communities. A local training institution carries out the courses to train local experts. A second plant has been installed on Kokota Island, which is home to a fishing community of 300 people. The project has met with a positive response, and other organisations and companies, including hotels, are now showing interest in operating a drinking water plant.
|Location||Zanzibar, Eastern Africa|