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Improved Water Infrastructure, Uganda

Clean water by repairing and drilling new boreholes, reducing pressure on local forests for firewood to boil and purify water

Project Type: Health and livelihoods, Clean water

Standards: Gold Standard

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This Gold Standard project provides clean drinking water to small rural communities by repairing and drilling new boreholes. Boreholes can be used as water wells by installing a vertical pipe casing and well screen, which allows water to be extracted from the ground. By providing clean water, communities no longer need to purify water through boiling. This alleviates pressure on local forests – the predominant source of firewood – and reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

At least 2 billion people worldwide do not have access to safely managed drinking water

Sustainable Development Goals

In addition to delivering emissions reductions to help take urgent action to combat climate change (SDG 13), we expect the project to deliver a number of other benefits. The contributions towards the SDGs have been indicatively measured but need to be confirmed by the project developers:

  • Good Health and Well-being: 10 rehabilitated boreholes serve 5,700 people, preventing 100 cases of diarrhoea and six fatalities each year. In 2016, while 29% of people globally did not use safely managed drinking water services, in Uganda the situation is significantly worse with 93% of people not using safely managed drinking water.
  • Clean Water and Sanitation: The rehabilitated boreholes provide the communities access to clean ground water. Communities are also offered water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) training to help maintain water quality.
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: The project uses technology that is appropriate for the region, such as African-made Afridev hand pumps, which can be maintained by local mechanics trained under the programme.
  • Gender Equality: Boreholes greatly reduce the time needed for collection of water and fuel, and the purification of water. This reduces exposure to indoor air pollution, and allows women to focus on other income-generating activities. Without a functioning borehole, women spent and average of 2 hours 50 minutes per day collecting water, which reduced to 47 minutes per day after the borehole in the region was rehabilitated.

Pius' Story

Pius is a pupil at Abari primary school in Uganda. Before the local borehole was repaired, he would fetch water from 2km away, taking about two hours. Now he collects water within 150 meters of his home, leaving more time for other activities.
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