Project Status

Project Type:  Protected Spring

Program: IcFEM Water Projects

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Jan 2013

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Community Profile

This project is part of IcFEM's WaSH program, which includes multiple water source schemes as well as substantial community level hygiene promotion, and training on project operation and maintenance.

What follows is a brief project outline direct from our partner:

The spring is in Kasing’e village, Kakurkit sub-location, Angu’rai location in Busia County. The area is rich in agricultural production mainly producing Tobacco, Cassava, Finger Millet, Maize, Beans, livestock etc.  The area has a population of around 2000 people. (Editor's Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  To learn more, click here.)

Rainfall amount ranges between 750mm and 1800mm per annum. Most of the region is typically remote with grass thatched houses making it difficult to tap the rain water for household use. The region has no access to piped water. This means that a majority depend on springs and seasonal rivers.

Kasing’e village has been blessed with a natural water spring which is a major source for its inhabitants and 3 other neighbouring villages. The villagers depend on the spring for drinking water, laundry, livestock etc. The need of protecting the site is therefore great and urgent.

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Protected Spring

In many communities, natural springs exist as water flows from cracks in rocky ground or the side of a hill.  Springs provide reliable water but that doesn’t mean safe. When left open they become contaminated by surface contamination, animal and human waste and rain runoff. The solution is to protect the source. First, you excavate around the exact source area of the spring. Then, you build a protective reservoir for water flow, which pours through a reinforced pipe in a concrete headwall to a paved collection area. Safe water typically flows year-round and there is very limited ongoing maintenance needed!