Clean Drinking Water in Zanzibar

GIZ has partnered with Mörk Water Solutions, a German company, to install the first solar and wind-powered desalination plant that filters drinking water from saltwater near Zanzibar City. The plant supplies water to 600 inhabitants, 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.

Clean Drinking Water in Zanzibar

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.

Partners

  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

    Government
    Germany | Staff size: Unknown

    There are around 1,000 people working at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). About 66 per cent of the positions are based at the Ministry's Bonn office, while...

  • Etude Economique Conseil (EEC Canada)

    Development Consulting
    Canada | Staff size: Unknown

    Étude Économique Conseil (EEC Canada) Inc. is a private Canadian consulting firm headquartered in Montreal and maintaining capacity of intervention in Europe. Since its creation in...

  • Dow Chemical

    Independent/None
    Staff size: Unknown
  • CEEN Consulting GmbH

    Independent/None
    Staff size: Unknown
    CEEN offers consulting on rural & social development, health & environmental policy matters. This service is provided via Technical Assistance contracts funded by international donor organisations....
  • UNIVERSITAT KARLSRUHE

    Independent/None
    Germany | Staff size: Unknown

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Key Information

LocationZanzibar, Eastern Africa
StatusActive
  • Start Date 2011
  • End Date 2013
  • Sectors