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Maritime Civil Affairs Team 115 Makes An Impact In Tanzania

Maritime Civil Affairs Team 115 Makes An Impact In Tanzania

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For most people, getting a glass of water or taking a shower requires a simple turn of a knob. For the residents of Fundo Island, a small islet that is part of Pemba Island, the act of getting water can involve a 16 mile round trip boat ride to Pemba and back, followed by an overland trek of up to 5 miles to get the water back to their villages.
For most people, getting a glass of water or taking a shower requires a simple turn of a knob. For the residents of Fundo Island, a small islet that is part of Pemba Island, the act of getting water can involve a 16 mile round trip boat ride to Pemba and back, followed by an overland trek of up to 5 miles to get the water back to their villages.

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Maritime Civil Affairs Team 115 Makes An Impact In TanzaniaBy MC2 (AW/SW) Nathan LairdCJTF-HOA Public AffairsPEMBA ISLAND, Tanzania (Sept. 17, 2010) ² For most people, getting a glass of water or taking a showerrequires a simple turn of a knob. For the residents of Fundo Island, a small islet that is part of Pemba Island,the act of getting water can involve a 16 mile round trip boat ride to Pemba and back, followed by anoverland trek of up to 5 miles to get the water back to their villages.Maritime Civil Affairs Team (MCAT) 115, based out of Little Creek, Va., and deployed to Tanzania as part of Combined Joint Task Force ² Horn of Africa, recognized this problem during an assessment of the island,and came up with a low-cost, sustainable solution. The team proposed placing seven 5,000 liter water cisternsthroughout the island, which would enable the Fundo residents to store water on the island. The island issupplied with water by a four-inch water main running from the town of Wete, eight miles away on the mainisland of Pemba. The water is transported by a system of pumps, and due to frequent power outages, thepeople of Fundo are faced with the arduous round-trip journey to Wete to get their water for drinking,cooking and bathing.´We saw the incredible amount of effort that the people of Fundo were forced to exert during these poweroutages, and we knew there had to be a sustainable solution for the problem,µ said U.S. Navy Lt. ClintPhillips, MCAT 115 team leader. The project began Sept. 2, 2010, with the transportation of the cisterns from Wete to Fundo via boat. Sites were identified for the placement of the cisterns and concrete pads were built to support the huge weight of the cisterns, over five tons when full. Most of the sites were near existing faucets, allowing easy access to the water main.´The fluctuation of power can make it very difficult for us to get water,µ said Juma Ameir Falum, Fundo·scounselor, or elected official. ´This project is very important for the island, and we cherish the effort of theMCAT.µ

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