Lwengo district still has many people in rural areas that don’t have access to safe water and many still suffer a lot from drought conditions that tend to dry some of their natural water sources. This leaves some of their livestock and crops dead and thus cause extreme losses.
Through Water for Lwengo, we are promoting smallholder water harvesting techniques that smallholder farmers can use on their farms to harvest rain water to push them through the 3-4 months long drought.
Among the water harvesting methods promoted include;
Rain water harvesting using low cost technologies. This is where rooftop rain water is harvested and collected in either an underground tank or in a raised water tank.
Underground water tanks. The people here refer this type of water harvesting to as domestic wells since the water collection method is almost the same as the traditional wells. This water tank is built using locally available material such as tarpaulin, polythene, poles and roofed with material like papyrus mats or iron sheets for those that can afford it. Water harvested using this kind of technology is suitable for domestic use like washing, cooking and watering livestock.
Raised water tanks. This type of water harvesting tank is built starting on the ground level to a height of 10 ft. A tap is attached at the base of the tank to let out the water whenever needed. Water collected in this tank is suitable for all domestic purposes including drinking. The water must be boiled for it to be safe enough for drinking.
Other ways we are ensuring sustainable water supply in our communities.
Community wells. Over 67% of the population in rural communities of Lwengo largely depend on community water sources such as water springs and in some cases they share the water with animals which also rely on the same sources as their water points. At CIIRD we understand that these are very reliable sources of water for the local people and therefore would like to improve these kinds of water sources to make them more efficient so that they can serve the communities better. This is done by mobilizing local users to rehabilitate the wells and fix the broken ones to make them more usable and sustainable.
The need of water in Kkingo.
Kkingo Subcounty is one of the rural farmer communities in Lwengo districts with the worst water facilities and this has lead to the rise of waterborne diseases among families. School going children are missing school because of water related illnesses and death to many children before their fifth birthday.