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Using solar power to treat drinking water in Tanzania

April 15, 2011

Learn how a Plan project has helped more than 15,000 people from Kisarawe, Tanzania use solar power to produce their own clean, safe drinking water.


In Tanzania, only one out of every two families has access to clean, safe drinking water. Many rural communities rely strictly on water sourced from boreholes and wells – putting them at risk of diarrhea and other waterborne illnesses.

But a Plan project is now giving 1,200 families – over 15,000 people – from Kisarawe district access to safe drinking water. Plan is promoting the use of the SODIS, or solar water disinfection, model as a simple and low-cost solution for water treatment at the household level. Using solar power and simple materials, families in Kisarawe are now able to treat their own drinking water – and improve the health of their communities – in just six hours!

Watch the slideshow and learn more about the project.

Learn more about Plan's work in Tanzania.


 Larissa April 25, 2011 9:23 PM
i think this is very useful to the people in Tanzania, congratulations!