Safe Water

Safe Water Projects

Continuous and Sustainable Growth of the Water Scheme

by fontes on 01/05/2013 No comments

Fontes Foundation continues its commitment to increase safe water access among the people of Katunguru-Kasese fishing village.

Villagers and Fontes Foundation's field staff member Ibrahim Ssemakula installing the new 400 m long water pipe which delivers water for the new public tap station.

Villagers and Fontes Foundation’s field staff member Ibrahim Ssemakula installing the new 400 m long water pipe which delivers water for the new public tap station.

As Abraham Maslow expressed in his theory of human motivation, “human beings can only develop the desire for a higher level need if the lower level need has been met”. A similar situation is unfolding in Katunguru-Kasese fishing village. Before the construction of the safe water supply scheme in their village, people used to fetch water from Kazinga channel for their domestic use while those who could afford used to get it from Kyambura in Rubirizi district which is about 5 kilometeres away. This was because the water in Kazinga channel was highly contaminated with a lot of organic materials. Obviously, the water fetched from the channel has a very bad taste and can cause a lot of different diseases. Additionally, a lot of villagers were not aware of the fact that they were getting sick because of the bad water quality in the channel. Therefore, informing the people about the negative consequences of fetching water in the channel and the positive consequences of a safe water scheme is absolutely crucial. Otherwise, people do not see the benefits of such a change, and will refuse to pay for purchasing water at the scheme, even though it would be easily affordable for them.

One of the currently 8 private connections which have been installed in Katunguru-Kasese since the construction of the scheme in 2010.

One of the currently 8 private connections which have been installed in Katunguru-Kasese since the construction of the scheme in 2010.

Since the scheme’s construction in 2010, the demand for safe water in the village has continuously grown. At the time of construction of the scheme, one would think that one public stand would be enough as it was not clear whether the people would change from using the Kazinga channel water that they had used for decades. However, this was a wrong assumption, as most people embraced the safe water from the scheme, leading to congestion at the public stand that had four taps. Some people applied for the water lines to be extended to their homesteads so that they could have taps in order to supplement the public tap and this resulted in private connections. Those people realised the benefits of the new water scheme and with the installation of this private connections, their lives become more convenient.

A second water storage tank has been installed on the newly constructed water tower. The reason is to increase the water pressure for the private connections, which need a higher pressure than the public tap stations.

A second water storage tank has been installed on the newly constructed water tower. The reason is to increase the water pressure for the private connections, which need a higher pressure than the public tap stations.

Most people would expect that a fishing village cannot be able to run and sustain a pumped piped scheme, but the water user committee for the scheme has done a great job and has managed to do some reasonable extensions and private connections from the main pipe line. Recognizing the efforts of the community members, Fontes Foundation has carried out an extension of the scheme by four hundred metres into one of the corners of the village and put up another public stand pipe with four taps. In order to improve the pressure of the water, a water tower has also been constructed. With those improvements on the scheme, more private connections can be connected to the scheme which will increase the revenue collections to maintain the scheme. All of that would have not been possible without the support of the Lions Club Slemdal in Oslo, Norway, who funded the initial phase and the extension of the scheme.

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Extension of Water Supply to the School and Health Centre in Kisenyi

by fontes on 25/09/2012 No comments

Thanks to a donation from Rotary Club Eiksmarka in Norway, the water supply system in Kisenyi, Rubirizi District, was extended to the local primary school and health centre.

A small water tower was constructed just behind the health centre in order to provide the additional pressure required. The tank on the ground next to the tower is an old rain water harvesting tank which gives the health centre some additional water for free.

In addition to the construction works, considerable efforts were put into training the local water committee which is running the project. They needed technical training on how to operate the new extension, but also how to manage the collection of payments. Fontes Foundation will monitor closely the operation of the extension to help the committee run it and the rest of the system properly.

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fontesExtension of Water Supply to the School and Health Centre in Kisenyi

Lions Club Oslo-Slemdal from Norway Visiting Their Water Supply Project

by fontes on 18/01/2012 No comments

The safe water project of Katunguru‐Kasese, which was implemented in September 2011, has been one of the major activities of the Lions Club Slemdal in Oslo, Norway for the last year. With big interest among the Clubʹs members to see how the project hat been realized with their own eyes, finally, in late January, a large group of club members visited the village and were invited to a wonderful ceremony to inaugurate the water project. It was a warm welcome by both the people and the authorities. The colorful and inspiring dancing gave everyone an unforgettable impression. Besides understanding and learning more about the hardship of these fishing villages in the West of Uganda situated inside the Queen Elizabeth National Park, it was the enthusiasm, the will to change their future and the effort to make a water supply a daily improvement of their own health and prosperity, which gave the Club members much more than what they expected from the trip.

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Drinking Water for 3000 People

by fontes on 30/09/2011 No comments

Fontes Foundation is proud of expanding the project area across the Kazinga Channel to Katunguru, Kasese District. Between the 12th and 15th of September, a team of 7 employees and volunteers installed the latest water supply system in the area, funded by Lions Club Slemdal, Norway. Owing to a huge effort made by the community, safe water was available at the temporary tap station after only three and a half days of work. Two ten thousand litres storage tanks on top of a shipping container provide the community with fresh drinking water now.

On the last day of the implementation, the election and training of the water committee, which is in charge of running the water supply system, initiated the important follow-up phase. Fontes Foundation henceforth supports the village in making the system sustainable through multiple field trips.

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Replacement of Pumps in Katunguru-Rubirizi

by fontes on 08/09/2011 No comments

In Katunguru Rubirizi a new submersible pump was installed after it broke down probably due to an unsafe electricity connection. In order to avoid further breakdowns in the future, a safe electricity connection in the pump house was set up. This enables connection to the power grid without the risk of damaging equipment as a result of the poor electricity connection and fluctuating voltages. The water committee was informed about the changes and was again instructed about the proper maintenance of the system.

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New Filter Installed

by fontes on 30/08/2011 No comments

The water treatment system in Kisenyi was provided with a new filter. The filters are of the same type as swimming pool filters and reduce the turbidity in the water after settlement so that the water is ready for chlorination. Instead of changing only the broken part, the entire filter was upgraded to a type that is now locally available in Uganda and therefore spares will be more easily accessible for the water committee. The newly installed filter is working very well and the members of the committee are pleased with it.

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Water Committee Seminar in Kisenyi

by fontes on 01/09/2010 No comments

In order to motivate committee members and improve their knowledge in accounting, technical issues, reporting and management, Fontes Foundation organises a water seminar every year. This year the seminar took place from the 2nd to the 3rd of September, in the village of Kisenyi, Katunguru Sub-County. More than 50 participants from five different water projects enjoyed two days of exchanges, learning and good discussions. Local authorities and other stakeholders were also present, and it was a great opportunity to streamline approaches and solve problems.

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Permanent Intake in Kashaka

by fontes on 01/09/2010 No comments

When the water supply scheme was installed in Kashaka in February 2010, a temporary intake was constructed out of timber. This was done because it was uncertain if the type of intake chosen would work well. After the intake had been in use for more than 6 months with no problems with neither wildlife nor water hyacinths, it was decided to replace it by a permanent structure made out of steel pipes. This one was installed in early September 2010. The picture shows the permanent intake being constructed, using the temporary one as a pier.

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Kazinga Tap Extension

by fontes on 01/02/2010 No comments

With funding from Lions Club Slemdal, Oslo, Norway two new tap stands were constructed and connected to the existing water supply scheme in Kazinga. The taps are located at the local health centre and the primary school and are intended to improve the access to safe water in the village. For the extension to be possible, the platform for the storage tanks had to be raised by 50 cm in order to provide enough pressure.

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Implementation of Kashaka Safe Water Project

by fontes on 21/01/2010 No comments

After the assessment in November 2009 the water project in Kashaka was installed in January 2010. A surface water treatment plant was installed where the water which is withdrawn from Lake George, is first settled in a settlement tank, then passes through a sand filter and an activated carbon filter and then chlorinated. Two public stand posts were constructed where people can withdraw water nearby their homes.

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