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Access to drinking water in Tanzanian schools 2018

Around 68 percent of schools in Tanzania had access to an improved sources of drinking water in 2018. In other words, nearly seven out of ten 10 schools provided the students with water coming from pipes, boreholes or tube wells, protected dug wells, protected springs, as well as rain water. On the other hand, 17.6 percent of schools used unimproved sources of water, while 14.2 percent did not have any access to drinking water at all.

Share of schools with access to drinking water in Tanzania as of 2018

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

November 1 to December 10, 2018

Number of respondents

2,396 schools

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

From the total, 2,240 schools were located in Tanzania Mainland and 156 in Zanzibar.

According to the source, improved water sources are those which, by nature of their design and construction, have the potential to deliver safe water by preventing water contamination. Improved sources include piped water, boreholes or tube wells, protected dug wells, protected springs, and rainwater. Unimproved sources include unprotected dug wells or springs and surface water (e.g. lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, canals, irrigation ditches).

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