Bomba Maji Ltd

Establishment of a Safe Water Delivery Company Bomba Maji Ltd and product innovation for required fluoride treatment in the Mara region, Tanzania

Posted on 24 September 2014


The project in North Tanzania addresses two problems:

  1. High non functionality of water facilities in rural areas: A majority of the village water schemes are working below capacity, and some do not function at all, caused by issues regarding management, tariff structures and technical problems.
  2. High fluoride content in some areas: In the Mara region fluoride is found in high concentrations, causing health problems. 

To overcome the non- functionality of water facilities in rural areas the project has established a mini network operator, called Bomba Maji Ltd, which will provide water services to the communities within the Tanzanian regulatory context.

In order to deliver safe drinking water, the project will develop a low cost fluoride removal technology.

The partnership of this three-year project consists of 7 partners: SNV (NGO)(lead applicant), Regional secretariat Mara region (government), DUNEA (company), TNO (research), Hatenboer (company), Muwasa (government), BoP Innovation centre (Social Business).

This project was made possible by the Sustainable Water Fund (FDW)

More information: see the Nyamuswa Youtube Video


Safe and sufficient drinking water for the population of the Mara region in Tanzania.


  • a low cost fluoride removal technology;
  • establishment of Bomba Maji Ltd;
  • delivering safe water to population to at least 3 water schemes.


Current status
Bomba Maji Ltd is registered as a social business formed by the partners of the PPP and 3 local private sector companies.


Project plan
By mid-2016 Bomba Maji Ltd has proven viable private sector engagement in delivering public services and demonstrates its ability to scale up to 60 villages in the Mara Region. 


By 2016 Bomba targets to serve at least 30000 low income people from which 5000 will receive fluoride safe water. In its ambition to scale it hopes to serve at least 400.000 people in the Mara region.


Bomba is creating interest from donors and government in its ambition to demonstrate private sector engagement for rural areas. If successful replication across Tanzania might be pursued. With Bomba initiation we expect at least 1 or 2 shared service companies to be started to provide Bomba with services.


Lessons learned

Starting a new Tanzania company and developing the required partnerships has been underestimated in terms of complexity and required resources. 
Obtaining a license to operate within the Tanzanian regulatory context requires considerably more time and effort than originally planned.

Project location

Project partners

  • Dunea
  • SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
  • TNO Water Treatment