Water Development

Water is essential to overcoming hunger, poverty and disease, yet, worldwide, more than one-billion people still lack access to clean, safe, drinking water.  Five million people – mostly children – die each year from waterborne diseases.  Some 60% of all infant mortality is linked to infectious and parasitic diseases; most of them water-related.

In December 2003, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the years 2005-2015 to be the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” – an international drive to bring safe water and basic sanitation to communities around the world.  The goal set by the UN Millenium Project is to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. This has now been extended as part of the Global Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030.

We would welcome students from engineering and / or other departments from any university to partner with us in a research or engineering capacity. We envisage the valuable contribution you can make towards the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (or Global Goals for Sustainable Development). We hope you will see this is a worthy, humanitarian project that you would want to be part of. We are happy to arrange a meeting, or drop us an email at enquiries@buturi-project.org if you want to learn more about the eight programs that make up the project.

The Buturi Project has responded to the call by initiating a bold endeavour to sink 25-35 boreholes.  Buturi Project works closely with water-user communities to help organise and carry out training to establish policies related to governance, distribution and pump-maintenance and then ongoing monitoring and evaluating to ascertain the status of each borehole. We are still fund raising for water installations. Our vision is to sink wells in the Buturi / Rorya district, which will greatly ease the burden of long-distance water-fetching. Buturi Village is like any other African village that suffers from drought. Water is always an issue.  Clean drinking water is our first priority, not only for the benefit of the health of the village but also to enhance the lives of the women and girls who spend a large portion of their day fetching water, often at long distance.


This is for Rorya district, including Buturi community, to have access to clean water, sanitation, hygiene and irrigation, enabling them to farm in a self-sustaining environment. This will be achieved by sinking boreholes throughout the district ensuring each village has its own well. Target beneficiary is the whole of Rorya district, for future self-sustainability in water / sanitation and health and on into the next generation. We are striving to complete the remaining 5 boreholes for the remaining 5 Buturi villages. This will enable families in all the villages to grow their own crops, improve their diet and achieve a greater level of self sustainability. With the completion of the school rain harvesting system, we are looking to create a smaller affordable model that can be introduced and installed into local communities.

We are investigating new and innovative ways of purifying polluted water in the Rorya district through research and feasibility studies. We hope to gain as much funding and support as possible in order to develop both short and long-term solutions. Currently we are looking at roof water harvesting systems, deep well installations, weirs and earth dams and would welcome any new ideas or proposals.

Having already sunk a borehole in Buturi community and following this up with a Rain Harvest system that was designed and installed by students from Santa Clara university, we continue to look for sustainable solutions from university engineers and engineers from other institutions.

The issue of clean water and its availability is not just a problem for the Buturi community but for the whole of Tanzania, Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.

The solutions to the problem are compounded by the size of the area, the villages being so far apart and the lack of infrastructure. In addition there is the issue of animals, including livestock, sharing the pond with the village people that is the only nearby water supply for the village. Thus polluting the water and creating a very real hazard. There are 4 stages we feel will overcome the challenges that exist.

1. An immediate solution would be to expand the rain harvest system to all buildings that have tin roofs and encourage the use of local materials.

2. The medium term solution is to invest in an innovation that can collect and store water from the pond during the rainy season. Thus enabling them to have a supply during the dry season when the pond is dry. We already have a feasibility study for this stage.

3. Research and design a water purification device to filter the existing pond water and remove all matter and microorganisms from it.

4. The long term and most obvious solution is to invest in sinking more boreholes. This is more sustainable, but at the same time is more expensive. This can include using a manual or electric pump, the latter could be either solar powered or wind powered.

The Buturi Project has already done a feasibility study in the area in collaboration with African Sand Dams, Nairobi, Kenya. If you are a university wanting to partner with us then please send us an email to request this document to enquiries@buturi-project.org