This project, to bring piped water to small, remote islands off the Pemba coast, is still under way. Uvinje Island off Pemba's west coast has one village with about 700 people. A pipeline once brought water to Uvinje, but it dried up years ago because of increased demand upstream. The islanders now have to haul in cans of water every day by boat. Supplies are limited and health has suffered.
The Pemba Foundation is bringing water back to Uvinje with a complex, multi-faceted project. The plan requires drilling a new borehole on Pemba's mainland and connecting it to the pipeline which runs 4 miles underground and underwater across to Fundo Island. An existing link then runs 5 miles down Fundo, then underwater to 2 new storage tank sites on Uvinje.
As of early 2023 we have drilled the new mainland borehole and connected it to Fundo Island, where water is flowing. We have built the storage sites on Uvinje. However the old 5-mile pipeline link to Uvinje is so obstructed it cannot be used, contrary to the water engineers' expectations. So we need to find substantial funds to rebuild that link.