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Rainwater Catchment System a Success!

Posted by Steve Hall on February 4, 2020

Thank you for bringing safe water to ⁠Good Samaritan School, Kiwangala, Uganda!

Good Samaritan Primary School currently has a rainwater collection tank attached to their facility, but with over 1,000 relying on it each day, its supply simply isn’t sufficient to provide adequate water for the washing, cooking, and drinking needs of the students and staff. By adding a second rainwater collection system to the school’s facilities, we will be able to significantly bolster the school’s water supply and, in doing so, improve the ability of students to succeed in their educational aspirations and secure a bright future.

Our implementing partner, Ugandan Water Project, erected a 10,000 liter polyethylene tank on a base made of brick, hard core and cement. Once cured, they placed the tank on the base and made an overflow hole in the top of the structure and attached a pipe to it that extends six inches beyond the perimeter of the base. Crew members also attached face boards to the roof of the building adjacent to the tank in order to create a suitable surface to which they attached the gutters that allow water to flow from the metal roof to the tank. Just before the outlet pipe reaches the tank, a “T” joint was inserted to create a first flush, a rudimentary filtration system that reduces the amount of debris and contaminants that enter the tank. The crew then constructed a protective barrier around the tank and first flush, as well as a tap stand located slightly downhill of the tank. The rainwater collection system is paired with four Sawyer Point One water filters in order to ensure that all water collection from the tank is safe for drinking.

Check out your impact!
– You brought clean water to 1030 people
– You eliminated 47.56 miles of walking per day
– You reduced collection time by ⁠258.33 hours per day
– You replaced an insufficient rainwater collection tank with a new Rainwater Catchment System

– Calculations are based the on number of 20 liter jerrycans used each day at this facility: 250 jerrycans
– One jerrycan per trip to original water source
– Distance is calculated for a round trip, using GPS, as the crow flies

Special thanks to the following for supporting this project!
Reell Precision Manufacturing, MN
– H2O for Life Give to the Max Day and Giving Tuesday donors

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