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Sustainable slum clean water harvesting project(SSCWH)

Promote local scientific manageable clean water harvest and management technology.

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Due to human encroachment on the wetlands that used to drain through the neighbourhood, Bwaise is today prone to flooding and is not well connected to National water. 79% of the people suffer from water borne related diseases. Flooding is an urgent environmental concern in Kampala. Much of the city is built on former wetlands and swampy ground. A high proportion of the urban poor live in these flood-prone areas. In recent years unplanned urbanisation, poor management of solid waste which can clog storm sewers, as well as other factors, have increased residents’ exposure to flooding and ancillary hazards. These secondary hazards include health issues: over the past 15 years, Kampala has suffered from several disease outbreaks that are at least partly attributable to increased flooding, and which especially afflict the most vulnerable. Along with negative effects on health, flooding also interrupts people’s everyday lives. In the case of students and teachers , three heavy rainfall events can flood classroom effecting teaching program. Harvesting rainwater makes good sense. It doesn’t contain the dissolved minerals and salts typically found in the well water you might be using to supplement your outdoor water needs. Rain is a good source of water that would otherwise become polluted runoff picking up chemicals and other dangerous waste as it carom­s down streets and gutters on its way to a network of storm drains or the nearest low-lying body.


The idea will benefit slum schools and health facilities in Kawempe Municipality in slums of Bwaise I,II,III and Makerere II. These will be targeted to utilise rain water harvesting and filtering technologies such that pupils, students and patients in health facilities have access to clean water. 10 schools and 10 health facilities public and private will benefit from the innovation. These areas targeted are pone to floods and harvesting water will reduce of flow of water in open space.


The idea is inline with the Kampala Capital City(KCCA) climate change adaptation plan. The project contributes to the Integrated Flood Management(IFM) approach of KCCA through application of innovative solutions. It also puts in exercise research made by UN-Habitat on Kampala floods management where rain water harvesting was highlighted among the cost effective ways of addressing floods challenge while providing clean water for drinking and home use to urban slums.


  • Yes, for one year or less


  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for less than one year


  • Yes


Yes, Am the founder and the Executive Director of Action for Humanitarian Initiative(AFHI). We focus on environmental protection and climate change mitigation through innovation. What if wasted rain water in harvested and purified for the children and community to use'' What will happen to the live?


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Photo of Shane Zhao

Thanks for the share Ronald and great to see you back in another Amplify challenge! It'd be helpful if you can share a bit more about which water harvesting methods you'll be using to mitigate flooding in Kampala. i.e. rainwater collection systems, new sewage pipelines, etc. Also, is this an initiative that your team at AFHI is currently piloting?

Photo of ronald ssenfuka

Dear Shane, thank you for the constructive comments you made on my project. Just to give you an insight, urban slum floods is partly contributed by poor rain water management mechanisms by the residents. For example out of 10 households in slum areas only 1 has rain water harvesting technologies. Water that comes from the roof contributes to flooding around compounds of the residents. In our plan we would like to enable slum dwellers engage in sustainable rain water harvesting through rain water collecting systems that are cheap to access and manage by the slum dwellers. This will be installed below the roofs such that they can collect rainwater and store it in plastic installed tanks. In addition to increase access to clean water by slum dwellers, we will train and provide water purification gadgets such that the water can be used for drinking and on other households domestic use.

We want to use technology that is available in the country and can be easily managed by slum dwellers. By doing this, we will be complementing government in its efforts to control flooding and promote clean drinking water, reduce water borne diseases as well.