Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Uganda

Impact: 200 Served

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

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Community Profile

Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports...

When the Living Water Uganda team arrived, 200 residents were dependent on an unprotected spring and community valley dam located one kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. This water source was also shared with livestock, further exposing water-users to contamination and waterborne illnesses. Because of this, families were suffering greatly from typhoid, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. The team was pleased to learn of the community’s use of a covered pit latrine as this will help prevent further spread of disease in the area. Most subsistence farm or raise livestock to support their families. There is a Primary school with 421 students; 212 boys and 209 girls located in the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. The Living Water International Community Engagement Coordinator has assisted the community to form a gender equal water user committee who has agreed with the local people to contribute an annual water user fee for operation and maintenance. They are in the process of writing bi-laws and opening a bank account.

During the hygiene education, the Living Water Uganda team addressed: Hand washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission and prevention, how to maintain proper care of the pump, as well as signs and symptoms of dehydration and how to make Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons are taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices, and implement community driven solutions.

The Living Water Uganda team had an opportunity to meet with forty-eight year old community member and teacher, Tumwesigve Alex John, who stated, "Our only water source for so long was a community valley dam located about 1 kilometer away. This same source was shared between humans and livestock. The pupils at this school and the community members have often suffered from Typhoid. We believe that the new water source will greatly help to reduce all these problems."

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Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute!


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