During 2005-2006 TCA has provided each village with a 1000 gallon Tuffa Tank. These tanks were funded by the community development scheme. Water tanks were seen as a necessity by TCA staff to better improve the rabbit farming project and assist local communities with a clean water supply that was close to the village.
Water is normally collected from local water sources that are not necessarily clean and disease free. Many people suffer from diarrhoea and other water borne diseases in the area so clean water supplies are essential in any village.
Water is normally collected by women and carried to the village in bamboo water carriers or saucepans and buckets. In some villages, women have to walk for more than 30 minutes to collect water with some having to walk up hill and in rugged terrain. By reducing the workload of women, this has helped give them time to rest and assist the rabbit project.
TCA had a local plumber provide water tank training to two female representatives from each village. This enabled women to realise how to maintain the water tank and prevent damage occurring.
In 2007 TCA was successful in obtaining a grant from the European - Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Program (RWSSP). The Program aims to improve the health and hygiene of rural communities by implementing health and hygiene education programs and improving new facilities such as constructing VIP toilets which consist of a cement floor, vent pipe and hole cover. TCA has delivered 60, 1000 gallon Tuffa Tanks and relevant materials to the 18 Tenkile Villages. Each Clan or community has paid a 10% community contribution so as to create a greater sense of ownership.
In August 2010, TCA received the second phase of funding available from the European Union’s RWSSP grant. The Tenkile Conservation Alliance will work in collaboration with 40 villages in the project area (18 Tenkile villages, 21 Weimang villages and Maui village) to assist them in improving community health via the delivery of materials to establish 243 Tuffa Tanks as a clean water supply and 243 VIP toilets to improve sanitation. This is the largest grant to be awarded to the TCA.