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Ndejje Project Complete

Posted by Steve Hall on October 1

Thank you for bringing safe water to ⁠Ndejje Parents’ Infant School, Uganda!

Before:
Ndejje Parents’ Infant School serves 250 students in the Nyimbwa community. Although the school has piped water in its facilities–a rarity among schools in Uganda– the network is highly unreliable and water can be shut off for days at a moment’s notice. When this happens, the students and staff are forced to either collect contaminated water from a shallow well in the area or threaten the ability of a nearby school to meet the water needs of its own students by asking for water from the neighboring facility’s supply. By equipping Ndejje Parents’ Infant School with a rainwater collection system, we will release the school body from its unstable water supply and ensure that the young students and staff members can store up on clean water to help them weather periods when their piped network is shut off.

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 your impact!

  • You brought clean water to 250 people
  • You eliminated 0.36 miles of walking per day
  • You reduced collection time by ⁠20.00 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: 30 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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