SERENGETI Breweries Limited (SBL) and Water Aid Tanzania have inaugurated a 293m/-water project at Kihanju village, Tambukareli ward in Itigi district, Singida region to provide safe and clean water close to the residents.
With the capacity to serve over 2,000 people directly, the jointly financed project consists of a borehole and its systems, a water pump, a water tank, and a distribution network.
The SBL Managing Director, Mr Mark Ocitti said on Tuesday that the project, dubbed ‘Water of Life’, is among similar initiatives that the brewer has undertaken in the Mara, Iringa, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza, Tanga, Manyara Ruvuma, Dar es Salaam, Coast and Dodoma regions, providing safe and clean water to over one million beneficiaries.
Mr Ocitti said that the Kihanju project will not only boost the residents’ health but will also increase economic productivity, particularly for women, who will no longer need to spend long hours finding clean water elsewhere.
“SBL has a policy commitment towards the wellbeing of our community, with Water of Life being one of our four priority areas that our company has defined in its objective to provide social support to the community in which it serves,” he said.
He also described other areas where SBL has had substantial milestones, such as the provision of skills for life through the Kilimo Viwanda Scholarship, which has sponsored over 200 students since 2019, and the responsible drinking campaign that has educated thousands of motor drivers against driving through online and offline campaigns.
On his part, the Singida Regional Commissioner, Mr Peter Serukamba, thanked SBL for providing the much-needed support, saying that the brewer has been at the forefront in promoting development projects in the country that lead to a healthy and productive society.
“The project will supplement the government’s efforts under the Water Sector Development Programme (WSDP 2025 framework, which aims at ensuring 100 per cent of Tanzanians have access to safe water supply and improved sanitation services,” he said.
Water Aid Country Director Anna Mzinga said her organization was proud to collaborate with SBL in ensuring that clean and safe water is made available to Tanzanians, especially those living in marginalized areas with limited access to this important need.
“The partnership between WaterAid and SBL goes back to January 2019, and since then we have been able to work together on several projects which have made a difference to thousands of needy Tanzanians in different parts of the country,” she said.