Project

Andy Mwesigwa High School

Uganda 250 beneficiaries Kakiri LC1, Wakiso dis...
Currently serving over 200 students in Uganda’s Kakiri community, Andy Mwesigwa Comprehensive High School has expanded significantly in recent years and expects its enrollment numbers to continue rising. Nevertheless, their already insufficient water supply–a nearby shallow well– has stayed the same. Combined with the high risk of water contamination from the well’s shallow depth and the arduous walk along a steep road to reach the well, the school needs a quick solution to its growing water demands. By equipping Andy Mwesigwa Comprehensive High School with a rainwater collection system, we will not only empower the school to adequately meet the increasing water needs of its student body, but also ensure that the water used to meet those needs is safe for drinking, handwashing and more.
PROJECT PROPOSAL
Our implementing partner, The Ugandan Water Project, will erect a 10,000-liter polyethylene tank on a base made of brick, hardcore, and cement. Once cured, our crew will then place the tank on the base and make an overflow hole in the top of the structure and attach a pipe to it that will extend six inches beyond the perimeter of the base. Crew members will also attach face boards to the roof of the building adjacent to the tank in order to create a suitable surface to which they can attach 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 will be inserted to create a first flush, a rudimentary filtration system that reduces the amount of debris and contaminants that enter the tank. The crew will then construct a protective barrier around the tank and first flush, as well as a tap stand located slightly downhill from 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.

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