Borehole Rehabilitation in Uganda

Clean water is the most basic requirement to sustain life, wellbeing and the environment. In cooperation with local communities the project identifies and repairs broken boreholes and water pumps. Access to save drinking offers social, economic and ecologic benefits for the region.

The geographical focus of the project lies on the northern regions in Uganda. People still are affected by the consequences of the civil war. One of the major impacts has been a complete lack of investment in infrastructure particularly in the water sector. Approximately 60% of the people in the Districts do not have access to clean water and rely exclusively on open wells, lakes and other unprotected sources.

The struggle to find clean safe drinking water can take a major part of a families’ resource. More often than not the burden falls to women and children to collect water often walking a great distance from home. Even then water drawn from pools or rivers is often contaminated with pollutants and needs to be boiled.

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Benefits through improved infrastructure

Aim of the project is to rehabilitate the many existing boreholes in the District, which are owned by community groups or community-based organizations (CBOs) and have fallen into disrepair. Furthermore monitoring and maintenance programs are set up and will keep the water flowing for the long term.

Ecological effects:

  • Avoidance of emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and black carbon
  • Better air quality due to reduction of fossil fuel consumption
  • Not only deforestation rates are reduced, but along with this soil erosion is avoided and biodiversity and wildlife are protected

Positive social and economic side effects:

  • Clean drinking water for rural communities in northern Uganda
  • Reductions of illness due to contaminated water
  • Reduction of animal and human conflict as people no longer have to collect water from “drinking holes” used by animals
  • Local employment within the project areas
  • Reduction of respiratory diseases due to black carbon resulting from traditional open fire places
  • Better allocation of resources: families save time they formerly needed to search for water as well as money they spent on fuelwood.

 

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Borehole Rehabilitation in Uganda