Association of Tanzanian Water Suppliers

The Association of Tanzanian Water Suppliers (ATAWAS) is a membership based Association operating in Tanzania mainland, registered under the Societies Ordinance of 1954 and its amendments. ATAWAS, formally, started in October 2002 after registration through Register of Societies (Registration No. 11614) as a Society Organisation. The Association acts as a forum for the Tanzania water supply organizations to exchange experience and best practices with the view to enhancing their management performance in the water and sanitation sector. 

Membership comprises of Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authorities (WSSAs), Community Based Water Supply Organizations (CBWSOs), water and sanitation services vendors, manufacturers of water supply materials, water wells drillers, water engineering, plumbing works, research, training, and individual members with interests in water sector.


The objectives of the Association are to build capacity of water supply and sanitation providers to be able to offer adequate, affordable and sustainable services; to promote networking among stakeholders in the water
and sanitation sectors; and to mobilize resources for the development and management of water resources, water supply and sanitation services.

The main objectives of establishing ATAWAS includes promotion of forums for water suppliers for improvement of water supply and sanitation in Tanzania, coordination and search for knowledge of best practices to share with members for improvement of social economic well being of Tanzanian population, initiate and encourage any action of co-operation and exchange in professional training among members and promote contacts and cordial relationship among individual or corporate bodies involved in water resources, water supplies and sanitation in the country.

The Association plays an important role in providing networking, advocacy and lobbying for conducive policies and legislations, logistics and outreach programs to its members with keen focus on empowering them to effectively deliver their services to their customers and the public in general.

Our Vision

 The Vision of the Organization is to be a world
class association promoting best practices in water sector.

Our Mission

The Mission of ATAWAS is to foster knowledge, skills, ethics, innovations and research in the water Industry through collaboration, communication, advocacy and professional developments for people working in the water sector.

Our Core Values



Stakeholders Focus




Our Roles

Stakeholders Networking

We provide a platform for water sector Stakeholders to be able to communicate and share knowledge, technology, challenges and opportunities so as to promote growth in the Sector.

Information Resource

We play role of being a center for information on issues concerning the water sector by collecting information from different water stakeholders and share them through our website and other communication platforms.

Research and Development

We co-ordinate the search for knowledge by partnering with different stakeholders to collect data in the areas of water resources, water production, water supply and sanitation.

Capacity Development

We co-ordinate trainings and other capacity building programs by partnering with different organisations to enhance the capacity of water supply and sanitation providers to be able to offer adequate, affordable and sustainable services.

Resource Mobilisation

We facilitate resources for the development and management of water supply and sanitation services in order to promote, establish and maintain a fund for investment in water production, water supply and sanitation services among our members.

Project Stearing

We collaborate with our members on various projects that bring solutions to the Water and sanitation sector.

Who can Join

  • All water utilities in the country
  • Private companies providing services to the water sector eg contractors, financial institutions, consultants etc.
  • NGOs proving water and sanitation services to the sector
  • International companies with an interest in the water and sanitation sector in Tanzania.
  • COWSOs
  • Other organizations in the water industry.
  • Training and research institutions in water and sanitation.
  • Individual water professionals
  • Students in water or sanitation courses

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