Carbon credits for safe water

Posted on 10 September 2014


The Swiss company South Pole Carbon and Dutch producer of water filters Basic Water Needs have joined forces to make safe drinking water available to coffee farmers in Tanzania. Together with local partner organization KADERES a pilot project has been set up for safe water and CO2 reduction in the Kagera region, Tanzania.

BWN will train local community banks called SACCOS, which are interested in selling the filter. They can offer the filters to their members through a loan, which the members can pay back in installments. This will make it easier for households to purchase a water filter. The project partners are aiming to reach 7,500 households (35,000 people) with Tulip Table Top water filters in the first year.

The project set up is special in that it does not receive any donor funding, but is financed by carbon credits. Currently people are boiling their drinking water as a way to purify it. By using a filter they will no longer have to boil their water and thereby reduce their usage of wood/charcoal and CO2 emissions. For this reduced amount of CO2 emissions the project partners can receive carbon credits, which they will sell to gain project income. Through this structure, the project can be set up and sustained. 


To set up a local supply chain for affordable and appropriate water purification products in the Kagera region, Tanzania


Increased health of families in the Kagera region by the reduction of water borne diseases

Available time, energy and money of families is increased by giving them access to affordable and appropriate water purification products (instead of having to boil water or getting sick from drinking contaminated water)

Reduced CO2 emissions and deforestation in the Kagera region, Tanzania 

Project location

Project partners

  • Basic Water Needs