Tanzania Orphanage Village Water Supply


An orphanage in Tanzania had no access to clean drinking water. In 2018, Moerk Water engineers installed an easy to use solar powered membrane filtration system to treat the brackish groundwater. The unit supplies WHO standard drinking water to more than 70 people in the orphanage. The unit is constructed using locally available spare parts and built from durable materials.  During the dry season, the membrane desalination system is the only source of safe drinking water for the orphanage. The product water tank the treated water is stored in is secured to ensure it is protected from vandalism and spoilage by animals. The watchman securing the water treatment building is also the daily operator of the water treatment unit. In addition to training the operator when the unit was commissioned, Moerk Water’s local service partners, Pamoja, ran follow up training in 2022 with the daily operator and staff to increase their abilities and ensure the longevity of the system. This project is an excellent example of how Moerk Water treatment systems can empower local communities and build local capacity through service partnerships.


Project Outcomes: 


  • An orphanage in Tanzania lacked access to clean drinking water. In 2018, Moerk Water installed a solar powered membrane filtration unit to provide safe drinking water to the orphanage, local kindergarten and villagers.
  • Since the introduction of the water treatment system, the health of the staff and children at the orphanage has improved. Prior to the installation of the water treatment system, people regularly suffered from typhoid.
  • Following the installation of the water treatment unit, there is no longer a need to buy bottled water for drinking and less time is spent fetching water. 
  • The Government of Tanzania approved the orphanage to open a public kindergarten due to their improved water supply.
  • Capability Community Water Independence
  • Feedwater Contaminated groundwater, Saline Water, Well Water, Brackish water
  • Water Quality Red Flags Salinity, Biological Contamination
  • Primary Water Treatment Membrane Desalination
  • Project Outcomes