Sustainable slum clean water harvesting project(SSCWH)
Promote local scientific manageable clean water harvest and management technology.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
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.
HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?
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
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
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?