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Rainwater harvesting in Mukono

In Mukono, Uganda we contributed to the realization of two clean drinking projects in Mukono, Uganda.

Proudly we look back at what we have achieved so far, in co-operation with our local partner Katosi Women
Development Trust
; member of the women’s network Women for Water Partnership. 24 rainwater harvesting
tanks, 5 community wells and toilet blocks for six primary schools have been realized. These elements have
led to a remarkable improvement of the living circumstances of the community; clean and safe drinking
water, sanitation and hygiene.

In this blog we will share a bit more information about the rainwater harvesting tanks in the Mukono project.

About the tanks 

A rainwater tank is – just as the name states – a tank for catching and storing rainwater. In Mukono
24 rainwater tanks are realized; an average rainwater tank can approximately store 10.000 litres.
Since Uganda knows multiple rainy seasons, this may result in a good stock for the drier times.  

The water is collected from the sloping roofs, through the gutter of the house via a pipe from the gutter
into the tank. A clean gutter is essential in this process, since it can limit the level of contamination of the
water. Thereby, it is recommended to filter the water  at home to make sure the water safe for drinking.
The community has been taught multiple options for filtering the water. Ceramic filters are commonly used,
but bio sand filters are also a low cost and effective option. A bio sand filter is a natural purification system
in which the water is purified by using layers of coarse sand to intercept the dirt. It transforms dirty water
into bacteria-free, clean and clear drinking water.

Katosi Women Development Trust 

The Katosi Women Development Trust  (KWDT) is our local partner organization. KWDT offers loans to
households for the installation of a rainwater tank at their homes. After the rainwater harvesting tank is
been assigned to a family the construction can start. To give an idea, an average family of six to ten members
can benefit from one tank. Ultimately, the households will have to refund the loan for the materials and the
construction process of the rainwater tanks. The loan should be paid within three years.

Culturally seen, in Mukono fetching water and maintaining the household is a women’s job. Therefore the
project also contributes by training women in building rainwater harvesting tanks themselves, with the use 

of local materials. And when they are well skilled they can even earn money with it when constructing tanks
for other people. Finally, a one-off investment in the form of a loan can benefit multiple households in the
long-term. We believe this is a great advantage. 

Author: Marie-Stella-Maris Foundation - January 30 2018, 14:09