The Water Vending Machine – Update April 2020

The upscaling of Said’s Water Vending Machines is unexpectedly successful and we still have to be patient. You can read about this below.

Speaker of the parliament

The speaker of the parliament visited to look at the innovative way of working in this project. The photos can be found in this update.

This means that the program has also been designated as a “best practice” in Tanzania. This also offers opportunities to see if we can share our knowledge at a national level. And it indicates that the project does not have the least fans!

IT for the whole infrastructure

Partly after the project with the local consultant, the local government wants to add an IT component to all water infrastructure. An application has now been submitted to the Ministry. If approved, we are asked to support in developing a strategy and to properly involve the local communities and train them in the projects.

The strategy has not yet been approved (which is also a time-consuming process), but it is a very nice development that there is insight and enthusiasm for scaling up a smarter water infrastructure.

Looking forward

In anticipation of the final report of this phase of the project that we expect in June, we may need to be more patient than expected. On the one hand, the application to the government offers an enormous chance of upscaling, on the other hand, these types of routes quickly take a year.

And until then? We are currently looking in which region it is most effective to invest further in more Water Vending Machines. We will probably make a trip to another region for this, where we hope to achieve the same snowball effect.