Nyakinombe Primary School

Uganda 268 beneficiaries Nyakinombe, Kazo district
With a leaking cement rainwater tank as their only source of water on their school premises, the 268 students and staff at Nyakinombe Primary School have no other option than to make the long, daily walk through the bush and along steep hills to collect surface water from a swamp. As this swamp is also regularly visited by farmers and their livestock, the water is severely contaminated and poses a serious, immediate threat to the health and development of the school’s young children. We have the opportunity to serve as a catalyst for a brighter educational future for the current and future students at Nyakinombe Primary School by equipping them with a rainwater collection system that will offer free and conveniently located clean water.
Our implementing partner, Ugandan Water Project, will erect a 10,000 liter polyethylene tank on a base made of brick, hard core and cement. Once cured, the 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 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.

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