Water programme in Rushere, Uganda

Faith, working in UK, wanted to help her community back in Uganda


CED has supported poor communities in Uganda for many years in partnership with the Church of Uganda. They employ an engineer part time to oversee progress and at any given time will have 2 or 3 projects on site.

Bushekwe Gravity Water Supply, Rugeyo Sub-county, Rukunguri District

Bushekwe lies about 10 km north east of the small town of Kanungu, at an altitude of 5,500ft. a.s.l. in very broken country with most of the people living in hamlets on the ridges. The present sources of water are unprotected springs which are not easily accessible There is a high incidence of water borne disease. Women and children spend several hours per day fetching water,  often involving steep climbs laden with heavy water cans. The present population number 1,100, which is expected to increase to 2,000 in the next 25 years. There is one primary schools.

A spring yielding a  minimum flow of 0.5 l/s of potable water will be protected against pollution, capped and the water piped to a 45 cu.m storage tank serving 13 public domestic stand pipes, through a total length of 4,200 m. of HDPE pipe varying in diameter from 2½” down to 1 ½”.

The spring capping, construction of storage tanks, domestic stand pipes and the jointing of pipes will be undertaken by paid craftsmen, but the excavation of pipe trenches, backfilling and the provision of concrete aggregates will be undertaken by community volunteers.

Piping and other construction materials will be purchased locally in Uganda, largely of Ugandan manufacture.

The project includes for a programme of health and hygiene education, the training being arranged through the Ugandan Health Service. Also included is provision for  improved sanitation measures, such as the provision of concrete slabs to cover pit latrines, which can be kept clean and covered. Training in maintenance and book keeping will also be given.

Budget for the Programme £
Design Costs 750
Materials and Paid Craftsmen 17,400
Transport 800
Health Education and Training 1,000
Improved Sanitation 750
Supervision 1,000
Management (Including Church of Uganda element of 2%)) 1,100
Total £22,800

Funds have been secured.

Kakagatie Charco-cum-Valley Tank. Kiruhuru District

This project replaces the Sange Charco proposal which was deleted from the PDR programme after it imerged that the Government had, at short notice, taken over the provision of a water supply for Sange.

Kikagatie lies about 6 km. South of  Lyantondi on the main Masaka-Mbarara Road in the newly formed district of Kiruhuru. The population of 2,500 people are settled agriculturalist with fairly large herds of cattle. There is one  primary school with 400 children.

The area can be described as essentially  savannah type country with gently rolling hills. The rainfall is 600 to 800 mm per year, permanent shallow ground water is not available, the underlying bedrock being largely un-weathered basement complex. Deep ground water may well be found in fractures in the basement complex rock, but at depths which would require mechanical  pumping, the cost of which would be unsustainable by the community.  Storage of surface rainfall run-off is the only viable option. The dry season lasts from May/June to October/November.

Included in the programme is  provision for  improved sanitation measures, such as the provision of concrete slabs to cover pit latrines, which can be kept clean and covered. Health and hygiene education  will form an integral part of the project  Training seminars on health and hygiene and Aids awareness will be conducted by the Diocesan Health workers, local Ministry of Health officers .Training in maintenance and book keeping will also be given.

A suitable site near the settlement has been located, surveyed and a design prepared for a charco-cum-valley tank. This will store 52,000 cu.m of water sufficient to meet the needs of the community throughout the year. The water from the valley tank being drawn from a shallow well, fed from the tank, which is fitted with a hand pump. Which will also supply a cattle watering trough.

The bulk excavation has started with a Ugandan contractor. Completion expected July 2010.

Budget for the Programme £
Design Costs 1,100
Bulk earthworks by contract 37,250
Draw-off works and cattle watering trough 3,450
Improved Sanitation 1,000
Supervision 1,200
Management 2,000
Total £46,500

The community will make a contribution in kind, to which a value is not ascribed in the budget. They will provide voluntary labour to trim the earth embankments, collect and break stone for aggregates for the draw off works and cattle troughs.  They will also clear land and erect fencing around the periphery of the immediate catchment to exclude human pollution of the ground.

Learn more about Rushere in the IATI website.


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