Southern Uganda 2003- Kabumba Water Catchment and Education Project
Villagers in the Kikagati area (includes both Kabumba and Kitezo) of southwestern Uganda like those in many other impoverished rural areas rely primarily on crude earthen dugouts for drinking water and household needs.
The source of this water is runoff from surrounding fields and livestock pastures and has extremely high turbidity levels (suspended clay particles), high fecal coliform counts and numerous parasites. Water from these dugouts is the source of numerous and often fatal diseases as it is difficult, if not impossible to purify with local methods.
In 2003, the Kabumba catchment was completed with assistance from African Community Technical Services, the Ugandan Government, the Diocese of Ankola and private Canadian sponsors.
The system significantly reduces turbidity allowing the water to be purified with local methods and resources- including bio-sand filters. In addition to providing cleaner water year round, the system holds 1.4 million liters of water providing 15 liters of water per person per day for 60 days (their dry season)
Pictures of the project can be found here.
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