Water harvesting
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Water harvesting

The absence of safe water sources in Uganda is still a key problem, and households identify water supply as a priority. Between 2004 and 2008; the median collection time for water was 30 minutes and the time saved by the children from fetching water from long distances permits them to attend to school. For some households, the distances and time are much longer; a study in Eastern Uganda found that households were spending 660 hours a year on water collection. Average water consumption ranges from 12 to 14 litres/person/day in rural areas, compared to a national target of 20 litres/person/day.

For this reason therefore, ECODA trained 12 people of Rakai district with the skills of constructing water tanks who have all acquired the rain water harvesting tanks in their homes.  These beneficiaries have successfully mobilized and sensitized the community about the proper storage of water and sanitation practices. 2 wells have also been dug in 2 sub counties of Rakai where people were sharing water with animals and 5 homesteads from 5 model villages of Rakai also received improved pit latrines to act as demonstrations sites to the community. More to this, 2 boreholes have also been constructed; 1 in Rakai and another in Wakiso district.