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Kasengejji Project Complete

Posted by Steve Hall on October 11

Thank you for bringing safe water to ⁠Kasengejje Secondary School, Uganda!

Before:
Although Kasengejje Secondary School is connected to a piped water network, the roughly 800 students in the Wakiso TC community that it serves regularly go without clean water. The reason? The reservoir connected to the piped water network regularly runs dry and cannot support the water demands of the many communities it is connected to. As a result, multiple days each week, students and staff go to turn on the faucet at the school and find no water available that they can use to drink, wash hands, clean, or cook. By equipping Kasengejje Secondary School with a rainwater collection system, we will ensure that its students gain consistent access to their most critical school supply: Clean Water!

After:
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 to Katie Spotz and her supporters for making this possible!

Check out the impact!

  • You brought clean water to 800 people
  • You eliminated 25.08 miles of walking per day
  • You reduced collection time by ⁠158.33 hours per day
  • You replaced Piped into yard/plot with a Rainwater Catchment System
Notes:
– Calculations are based on the number of 20 liter jerrycans used each day at this facility: 500 jerrycans
– One jerrycan per trip to original water source
– Distance is calculated for a round trip, using GPS, as the crow flies

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