Boreholes in Uganda

Standard: GS      Technology: Boreholes      Location: Uganda

This borehole rehabilitation project provides much needed safe water to communities across Uganda by repairing damaged boreholes and drilling new holes. The boreholes will be maintained throughout the project’s 7-year lifespan and water quality is regularly checked to ensure it is safe for consumption. In the largely rural districts of Alebtong, Dokolo and Otuke, local people would otherwise burn wood fuel on inefficient three-stone fires to purify water for drinking. Enabling them to access affordable, safe water reduces the need to collect and burn firewood, thereby saving families money and reducing 8,758 tonnes of CO2 annually.

Delivering against the Global Goals

Families save money by collecting less firewood to boil water, enabling them to direct more money to their children’s health and education.

Communities benefit from reduced exposure to waterborne diseases like typhoid and cholera, and reduced indoor air pollution from boiling water over open fires.

Rural communities gain access to clean, safe water.

Local people gain access to training and education, as well as job opportunities maintaining and monitoring boreholes.

With households using less firewood, some 8,758 tonnes of CO2 emission are saved annually.

People have less need of wood from local forests, which helps to slow deforestation.

Case Study: Moses Omara

“Before the borehole was fixed, my family did not have any choice but to walk long distances in search of water, which we used to collect from the swamps as the nearest borehole was too far away. The water we drank was always dirty and I worried my children would become sick with typhoid or other waterborne diseases that are common in this area. I was also afraid that my wife and daughters could be attacked or raped while they were away, especially in the evening.

Our lives have improved so much since the borehole was repaired; the water yield is always good and clean, and most of all I am happy because my family is safe and have more time for going to school and working on the farm.”