Rotary Club of Oadby Launde to provide clean water for Africa’s Spice Islands

Zanzibar is suffering not only the collapse of their main source of income – Tourism, but also the effect that tourism has in the 1.3 million inhabitants. In recent years tourism has replaced the tradition of herb and spice growing on the islands.

Brand new solar powered well.

In the 1960s Zanzibar used to supply the world with cloves but since then they have suffered a takeover from the mainland, in particular Tanzania. 

Although tourism is now responsible for most of the Spice Islands’ GDP, it only employs 30,000 people (about 2.5% of the population).

Tourists consume ten times more water than the locals and all but a few of the biggest hotels deposit their sewage into the sea or the land (a thin covering of soil over coral).

80% of the Islands plastic waste is produced by tourists and illegally dumped around the islands. The small villages obtain water from wells, which are all becoming more contaminated from the lack of sewage treatment, increase in population and tourism.

What is the answer? Install brand new solar powered wells, as shown in the picture above.

The water from this well has been analysed and is of good quality but 20 metres below ground. Even with the winding gear it takes 2-3 minutes to raise and lower a bucket. The winding gear is basic, suffers from continuous use and severely limits the amount of water that can be obtained.

The Rotary Club of Oadby Launde and Rotary Foundation are financing the construction of a Solar Powered pumping system to fill a 5000-litre header tank from the power of the sun. This will provide a low maintenance system that allows locals to fill their water containers at the turn of a tap.

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