The community building erected in 2011 is currently surving many purposes including after school study groups and Sunday school gatherings. From it’s inception it was intended to use the building for rain harvesting. Visiting the site in July 2011 we were able to price up and organise materials and once back in the UK set about employing Elijah Ng’eni to do the necessary construction.
Fascia board,guttering and pipework was added to the building in October/November 2011 along with two 3000 litre poly tanks purchased in Singida Town and transported to the village. Raised blocks were then constructed so that the tanks could be elevated high enough for water to be tapped into buckets. A small poly tank was placed between the two for hand washing.
During December 2011 there was uncharacteristically heavy rain over most of Tanzania causing flooding on the coast. In the village however it was good news as it filled to capacity both tanks. Users of the community building have found it very helpful and nearby familes have found it a welcome source of clean water.
REPORT July 2012
Recent visitors to Ughandi B have complimented us on the difference this project has made to the lives of the people living nearby. Since the rain harvesting was added there has been one short rain period which was exceptionally wet and one long rain period refilling the tanks quickly. We now need to know how long the water last between rains.
REPORT July 2013
The first years harvesting was very successful. During the rain season both tanks were filled to capacity and sometimes overflowed. Rain harvested lasted for three months after the rains ended. Therefore in the future it could be feasible to add another tank.
REPORT July 2014
We lived in the village for one week during June and used the harvested water for bathing, there was still a small amount when we left. In general the water seems to last from 2 to 3 months after the last rainfall with a top up from the odd shower.
During normal rainfall the tanks take 4 days to fill, although there have been periods when they have overflowed after only three hours of torrential rain. The overflow has damaged the gable end of the community building, so we decided to add to pipes to direct the excess water into other containers if needed. It was decided that Kisuda who lives adjacent to the building would connect the pipework after repairing the wall. Below Abraham purchasing everything we needed for the rainharvest and community building at Singida Town.
Many local people have been collecting rain from the tanks which is making life a lot easier.