Borehole Rehabilitation Project

Borehole Project

Location: Uganda
TypeClean water through borehole rehabilitation
StandardThe Gold Standard

Carbon Savings
The most basic requirement to sustain life is clean water. For many rural communities across Sub-Saharan Africa the struggle to find clean safe drinking water can take a major part of a families’ resource. More often than not the burden falls to women and children to collect water often walking a great distance from home.  Even then water drawn from pools or rivers is often contaminated with pollutants and potentially lethal bacteria that cause illness and infections, and so to make the water palatable and safe to drink it needs to be boiled.  The project works with local communities to identify and repair the many broken boreholes in Uganda.  As well as the natural health benefits it means that families no longer have to boil the water, saving firewood and thereby preventing carbon emissions from being released.  

The Region
The project is located primarily in the North Region of Uganda, within the Districts of Alebtong, Kole and Dokolo.   Between 1987 and 2007 these region was heavily affected by the Lord’s Resistance Movement led by Joseph Kony. During that period, over two million people became displaced and it is estimated that over 20,000 children were abducted and forced into the army. This prolonged period of conflict has had serious consequences on all areas of life including education, health and economic development with poverty levels among the highest in the country. One of the major impacts of the war has also been a complete lack of investment in infrastructure particularly in the water sector. Approximately 60% of the people in the Districts do not have access to clean water and rely exclusively on open wells, lakes and other unprotected sources.    

Many existing boreholes in the District are owned by community groups or community based organizations (CBOs) and have fallen into disrepair because maintenance programmes have been poorly managed, or proven too expensive.  CO2balance has worked with community groups in the Districts to identify broken down boreholes, renovate them and supply a maintenance programme to ensure that clean, safe water is delivered as a result of this project.

Social & Community Benefit

  • Provision of clean water drinking water
  • Reduction in illness linked to unsafe water
  • Reduction of animal and human conflict as people no longer have to collect water from “drinking holes” used by animals
  • Local employment within the project areas
  • Maintenance and support program will keep the water flowing for the long term.

Accreditation
This project has been conducted under the strict guidelines, validation process and annual auditing under The Gold Standard.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
The project supports many of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN, in particular:

Uganda Borehole Project