Sustainable access to safe drinking water in Uganda
Reduction of waterborne diseases, child infant mortality and missed days at school for a community of nearly 100,000 people, through a sustainable and replicable business model in South-West Uganda.
- Customer/s: Austrian Development Agency (ADA), ACORD (local NGO)
- Partner: ATC Appropriate Technology Center for Water and Sanitation, Uganda
- Project Area: South-west Uganda, Mbarara and Kiruhuru districts
- Target Group: A community of nearly 100,000 people
- Start/End: September 2016 – March 2019
Establishing a sustainable and replicable business model
The project seeks to establish a sustainable and replicable business model to improve access to safe drinking water at the household level in three districts located in the South West of Uganda using SODIS (Solar Water Disinfection) and the WADI. It involves a phased market entry of the WADI at prices that are initially subsidized in order to support product uptake amongst communities that largely fall into the BoP (Bottom of the Pyramid) category of consumers. This method has been successfully tested and implemented in a number of pilots and has shown to be an effective way to popularize product benefits. The aim is to develop a standardized model that includes a supply chain, marketing, financing training and ongoing management to help not only deliver the cheapest solution for access to safe drinking water, but also support sustainable social development and contribute to a healthy local market economy. A project steering committee comprised of government representatives, non- government stakeholders, educators, health workers, members of the media and community representatives will be formed to ensure that the objectives of the project are met.
Creating access to safe drinking water using SODIS and the WADI has significant poverty alleviating benefits as the number of missed days at work is diminished, expenditure for medical treatments is reduced and the need to buy fuel to boil water is eliminated. Furthermore the project will contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions as the dominant method for water purification in this region is currently boiling water on wood fires. This particular region has been selected because access to safe water lies well below the national average and deforestation for the provision of cooking fuel has become a major concern. The project hopes to make a significant contribution to raising awareness and facilitating the necessary behavioural changes to mitigate these burdens.
The socio-economic benefits of introducing WADI and SODIS in the communities are informing policy-making and program development in the water and health sectors. To this end, outcomes will be published and shared with public and private stakeholders that document the findings on the main impact of the project, a cost-benefit analysis of the users and key learnings for replication.
Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
ATC Appropriate Technology Center for Water and Sanitation
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