Ugandan Water Project
Almost a quarter of the population of Uganda doesn't have access
to safe water and over twenty-two million out of a population of
some thirty six million don't have access to sanitation. As such
over 12,000 children die every year in Uganda from diarrhoea and
faecal contamination of the environment is the cause of around
3,000 cases of cholera affecting Uganda every year. Overall it is
estimated that the cost to Uganda of poor water is £233,000,000 in
lost productivity; the equivalent of 1.1% of the national GDP.
Ruhanga Water Project
most rural communities tapped water in unheard of and, as such,
children in Uganda, some very young, are expected to fetch water
from local springs and streams in plastic carriers and carry them
often miles home impacting on their health, development and energy
to attend and learn at school.
This water is often of poor quality as it carries impurities from
both animal and human defecation and is drunk untreated leading to
a high prevalence of typhoid, a life threatening bacterial
infection of the intestinal tract and sometimes the bloodstream.
In 2010 a water project started in Ruhanga with the aim of
bringing piped water from the hills that surround the village down
into the community with a series of tap access points. Money was
raised from a number of sources and engineers were able to dig out
two different springs high up in the surrounding hills making sure
that no run-off water contaminated them.
A gravity well now exists, with such wells being common to supply
water systems to remote villages in developing countries ~
essentially the water tank/reservoir creates sufficient pressure
to drive the water down through the pipes into the villages and
out of the tap outlets.
The first taps came online in 2011 and now the project has been
extended to other areas of the parish. The water is also used for
flushing toilets at Ruhanga Development School helping to promote
better health outcomes for the children and reduce absences from
school due to ill-health.
Additionally the time saved from collecting water also provides
families in the community with additional time to invest in income