The importance of clean and safe drinking water
Is clean and safe drinking water a permanent concern for you?
In Uganda, it is a permanent challenge, especially for children. Even the availability of water (without using the word “clean”) in schools, hospitals and health centres is not self-evident.
Often long distances must be covered to collect water with jerrycans. This water mostly is of suspect quality and is certainly not clean for schools with thousands of pupils and health facilities with many hundreds of patients.
Large parts of Uganda are blessed with sufficient and relatively regular rainfall. However, all that water is just running away from the iron sheeted roofs to nowhere. What a pity!
Not the whole year around there is sufficient rainwater. In such situation, the people living in the village must supplement water from streams, wells, pools, and swamps. Mostly also cows and goats are drinking there and are doing there some other hygienic functions.
Such water must be purified from bacteria and viruses before it is drinkable. Technical solutions can do the job. However, they are even more expensive than rainwater harvesting and therefore out of reach for the local community.
STRATEGY for schools, health facilities and village communities.
- Promote sensitization and awareness about the importance of clean and safe drinking water.
- Look for a Beneficiary champion for concluding an agreement about:
a. The ownership of the facilities
b. The contribution of the user-community to the project
c. The user drinking water consumption fee for the upkeep of the system
- Provide access to and store water through rainwater harvesting, borehole drilling or tapping from natural water sources.
- Install a water purifier to produce virus-free drinking water quality.
- Install drinking water storage and distribution capacity for the users.
- Offer an annual service contract for second-line service.
Projects: around 100 projects since 2005
More than 100.000 children, students, patients, and village people in Uganda got access to clean and safe drinking water through the installation of more than 80 water purifiers.