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SAFE DRINKING WATER
FOR SCHOOLS

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"Every child has the right to a safe and healthy learning environment"

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THE CHALLENGE

  • Health

    Every year children lose 272 million school days due to diarrhea, a leading cause of mortality and morbidity that is commonly water-related. It is estimated that 40% of diarrheal cases are attributable to transmission in schools rather than homes. In Uganda, most schools rely on piped or borehole water which is not safe and this undermines student health and education.

  • Poverty

    Many schools that treat their water use firewood stoves to bring water to a boil. The time and fuel cost of boiling sufficient water for the entire school population is significant, leading schools to not treat sufficient amounts of water.

  • Environment

    Ugandan schools can consume as much as 38 tonnes of firewood per year just to boil water for their students. With over 20,000 schools in the country and one of the world’s fastest growing populations, alternative water treatment solutions are urgently needed, not only to address demand but to help protect Uganda’s already threatened forests.

  • Uninterrupted access to purified water is made possible by using stainless steel storage tanks that are designed for more than one child to use at any time.

  • 57% of Uganda’s population is under the age of 18. Demand for safe clean drinking water will continue to rise as more children enter school every year.

  • Our goal is to see every student in Uganda with safe drinking water to achieve better health and better education.

  • Health facilities are places to improve health not to become ill. Therefore, delivering safe clean drinking water to patients is vital.

  • Schools make the necessary investments to acquire our water purification systems. In doing so, they take more ownership of maintaining the systems, keeping it operational and in good condition. Here a headmaster is explaining how the system works to a student leader.

  • “We have reduced costs since there’s no need to boil water. Now, water is always available.” – Nasbiso Salim, Kawempe Muslim Secondary School

THE SOLUTION

Despite significant advances in water access globally, most water is not reliably safe for human consumption and this is a fact that Ugandan schools know all too well. With fast-growing student populations, schools need reliable and affordable ways to make their water safe at the point-of-consumption. Enter Impact Water.

Impact Water sells, installs and maintains environmentally-friendly water purification systems to schools on low cost, multi-year credit terms. This helps schools to avoid burning firewood for boiling water and therefore offsets CO2 emissions while reducing medical costs for the families by avoiding waterborne diseases. Improved student health enables students, and their teachers, to better focus on their education and their futures.

And because Impact Water is technology neutral, it can offer a combination of products to schools to choose from which best meet their needs while ensuring adequate microbiological drinking water standards.

  • In rural parts of Jinja, our sales team finds schools in desperate need for safe drinking water.

  • Focus groups like these make it possible to meet the needs and expectations of students.

  • Project sales staff signing up a school to purchase a water filtration system.

  • Sales staff meeting before a day of sales promoting water filtration systems to schools in Masaka, Uganda

  • Project technicians carefully assess the features of every school in order to recommend the best water filtration system to meet their needs.

  • Project staff member installing filtration system.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

Impact Water addresses key market barriers such as credit, maintenance/repair, and technology awareness and is making access to safe drinking water easier than ever. It is the first safe drinking water solutions company to allow schools to time their installment payments with the receipt of schools fees, and the first to provide a two-year preventive maintenance program included in every sale. Over 500,000 students are benefiting to date, and the company’s goal is to serve 3,000 schools and 2.5m Ugandan students by the end of 2018. Since boiling water is no longer needed for these schools, firewood expense and consumption is significantly reduced as are CO2 emissions. Impact credits, such as carbon, play a key role in mitigating risk for investors and accelerating growth to other countries (with several priority expansion countries already identified).

The emissions reductions achieved by Impact Water are monitored under the UN-backed Clean Development Mechanism as well as the Gold Standard, generating premium carbon credits.

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IMPACTS TO DATE

  • 1,028 filters SYSTEMS INSTALLED

    These systems are capable of purifying up to 650 liters per hour. Each system comes with a stainless steel tank to make it easier for children to directly access purified water (and larger schools may purchase more than one system per school).

  • 965 schools SCHOOLS

    Every day, 965 schools are using our systems in all areas of Uganda.

  • 500,000+ beneficaries STUDENTS BENEFITING

    Every day, 496,000 students across Uganda are drinking safe water from Impact Water systems, helping to improve their health and education. Average Impact Water school has 514 students

  • 89,281,800 water LITERS OF WATER

    More than 89 million liters of water are delivered every school year. For most children to stay healthy and hydrated every day, they are advised to consume at least one liter of water. Our systems are capable of delivering this and more for the entire school year.

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Call: +31 (0) 65 178 3371
Email: jwhalen@impactcarbon.org


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Impact Carbon Uganda Office
Plot 3848 Rwakiseta Road   P.O. Box 24480. Muyenga, Kampala, Uganda
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