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Kayindu Project Complete

Posted by Steve Hall on August 16, 2021
Due to significant leaks in the two rainwater collection tanks already located on their premises, the students and staff of Kayindu Secondary School are forced to make the long walk to the distant borehole well. This is something that would be challenging enough for the students, but is made even more difficult by the average hour-long wait time to use the well. This waste of productive time is not the only problem as the school has also reported numerous incidences of sexual harassment and assault. In order to provide adequate protection for their female students, the school has had no other option than to pull teachers out of their classrooms to escort them on their way to and from the well. By adding a functional rainwater collection system on the school property, we will be able to significantly bolster the school’s water supply and provide a catalyst for a brighter educational future for the 350 students and staff.

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, their crew placed the tank on the base, 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 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 will 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 wall around the tank and first flush, as well as a tap stand located slightly downhill of the tank. The rainwater collection system will be paired with four Sawyer Point One water filters in order to ensure that all water collection from the tank will be safe for drinking.

Thank you for bringing safe water to ⁠Kayindu Secondary School! Check out the impact:

  • You brought clean water to 350 people
  • You eliminated 102.03 miles of walking per day
  • You reduced collection time by ⁠93.33 hours per day
  • You replaced a Protected dug well with a Rainwater Catchment System

    – Calculations are based on the number of 20 liter jerrycans used each day at this facility: 80 jerrycans
    – One jerrycan per trip to original water source
    – Distance is calculated for a round trip, using GPS, as the crow flies

    Thanks to Greenhills School, MI for supporting this project!

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