The Tanzanian districts of Serengeti and Bunda have constructed natural wells to improve water supply in the region and provide access to clean, safe and potable water throughout the year.
Using funds from the non-profit making conservation and community development organisation, Singita Grumeti Fund (SGF), the districts have constructed five wells between 2010 and 2012 in the Mara region.
In the Serengeti district, Singisi, Motukeri, Iharara, Makundusi and Miseke villages have benefited from the well development.
Motukeri village chairman Robert Nyaraba was quoted by Tanzania Daily News as saying that the development of the well has provided a relief to the people in the village, particularly to the women, who used to walk long distances in search for water.
Water from the natural well is expected to be used both for domestic purpose and livestock consumption.
The new wells have separate points for human and animal consumption, whereas before humans and animals had to share water from the same source.
SGF head Richard Ndaskoi said the programme, which helped to drill numerous boreholes and develop rain harvesting tanks to support water supply in the region, is now focused to improve natural wells.
"Such wells can provide water throughout the year if improved. The good thing about them is that they have no environmental effects," Ndaskoi added.
"We have also improved a natural well at Hunyari village in Bunda District and people will soon start enjoying water service from the well."
The department has also constructed two rain water harvesting tanks each with a capacity to hold 50,000l of water at Kyandege and Bukore villages.
Apart from this, the fund has also financed the restoration of 20 boreholes in various areas of Serengeti and Bunda districts.
Image: Tanzania has constructed natural wells in Serengeti and Bunda districts to provide clean water. Photo: Bob Metcalf