Aptech Africa recently commissioned an extension of piped water supply system in Lunyo AP, Busia Cluster in Busia District, and Eastern Uganda in a project funded by World Vision.
The project was intended to extend water to the communities of Lunyo where there has been insufficient water supply to improve the standards of individuals and the community’s livelihoods including schools, health centers, and nearby trading Centers.
The project has a pressed steel reservoir tank of 60M3 capacity installed on a metallic tower of 12M high to attain better pressures at service points.
In addition to the already existing PSPs and Yard taps, the project involved the installation of more five PSPs and 5-Yard taps in the communities of Lunyo.
The project involved installing concrete mark posts and manhole chambers for the pipes and fittings.
Five Marble Crystal stones (Visibility Plaques) of 300x300mm were also installed on the PSPs.
Lastly, the project signboard identifying the contractor, marking the end of the project.
The positive socio-economic impact of the system
The project impacts people’s lives, extending far beyond the expected improvements to health and reducing time spent collecting water. The Analysis shows that the impact includes, but not limited to:
- Significant improvements in household income levels and security of livelihoods.
- Increased school attendance since children will not spend much time moving long distances to fetch water giving the children in the area a shot at a brighter future.
- Better childcare as mothers spend more time with their children rather than spending all that time fetching water.
- Psychological benefits such as reductions in stress levels, increased status and self-esteem, better family and community relations, and increased ability to observe religious rights and customs.
- The project brings new insights into the broader impacts of interventions and the factors contributing to the long-term sustainability of water supply and sanitation systems.