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Increasing the access to safe drinking water for the population of Nakasongola district in Central Uganda through the modernization of India Mark II pumps in 57 water wells.

Uganda is one of the highest African countries (average altitude of 1,500 m), which makes access to groundwater difficult. For this reason, over the past several years, a number of deep well boreholes have been made in Nakasongola District (approximately 150,000 inhabitants), funded by external donors (the oldest wells installed by UNICEF were built in the 1980s). Pump mechanisms from that time used galvanized pipes which have low corrosion resistance. The cheapest and low quality materials have been used for ongoing repairs.

Currently, a large number of wells are not working due to mechanical damage to India Mark II type pumps. Villagers in settlements where the well is broken are forced to travel far in search of water or get it from marshes or rainwater.

On the basis of the inventory carried out, 57 wells were identified that could be repaired as part of the project. Thanks to the use of modern and high quality materials, the pumps will be more durable and people will have access to clean drinking water.

Increasing the access to safe drinking water for the population of Nakasongola district in Central Uganda through the modernization of India Mark II pumps in 57 water wells.

The project will be carried out from March to December 2015 and will the modernisation of 57 deep wells located in 33 villages of Nakasongola District. The local partner of the project contractor, the Innovaid Foundation, is the Conventual Franciscan Order in Kakooge. 

The project is a response to the problem of the limited availability of clean water. The repair of old water intakes aims to improve the quality of life for residents of the region, who will be able to use wells that are within easy reach of their home. This will help to improve the hygiene situation and thereby reduce the risk of contracting infectious diseases.

The beneficiaries will primarily be residents of several dozen villages, where modernised, more reliable, deep wells will be built. Furthermore, the contractors were will be to acquire new skills in carrying out modernisation and repair work on broken deep wells.

Increasing the access to safe drinking water for the population of Nakasongola district in Central Uganda through the modernization of India Mark II pumps in 57 water wells.

The project was carried out between February 1 and December 31, 2015.

The project covered the modernisation of 69 deep wells (more than expected). Acid-proof pipes, cylinders and acid-proof bricks were used to repair wells. Due to high siltation, three well openings were cleaned prior to installing the pump. Currently, all pumps are operating properly, and in the area covered by the project the problem of damaged pumps has been almost completely eliminated.

Thanks to the use of high quality materials, the modernised wells are much more resistant to corrosion failure. Local contractors have also acquired essential knowledge on how to perform effective repairs to the India Mark II pumps.

As a result of the project, water quality and transparency have improved significantly. Reports from test pumps proved that in each of the repaired wells the water became much less opaque within 15 minutes, and after a few weeks of using the well, the water did not show any traces of sediment. Based on information received from the Kakooge health centre, after the implementation of the project, the number of patients reporting problems associated with poor water quality decreased.