Access to water at all, let alone safe water, is greatly lacking in many villages; the water sources that exist are often severely contaminated, making cyclical bouts of severe illness and premature death a part of everyday life. In Uganda, most death cases in children under the age of five are simply due to diarrhea.
In the search for solutions to this problem, WOOSH has adopted a three phase approach to safe water provision a strategy to address Unsafe Water usage:
- Safe water sources: Community Constructed Shallow Wells – built by communities working together.
- Safe water storage: Sensitizations on the safe water chain.
- Point-of-use safe water interventions: Water Guard chlorination through household use.
This integrated approach works to ensure that families are drawing from safe sources through the promotion of Community Constructed Shallow Wells, and follows global guidelines on best practices to ensure water safety.
Our main objectives of a water safety plan are to ensure safe drinking water through a chain of safe water strategies, which include:
- Preventing contamination of source waters;
- Treating the water to reduce or remove contamination that could be present to the extent necessary to meet the water quality targets; and
- Preventing re-contamination during storage, distribution, and handling of drinking water.
- Increasing the number of people with access to basic drinking water services
- Improving the ability of education and health facilities to provide and manage water services adequately in schools and clinics
- Catalyzing increased financing for the operations and maintenance of water systems, including through investing in innovative financial vehicles
- Improving the quality and reliability of drinking water
- Increasing the number of people with access to safely managed drinking water services
Access to a safe and reliable drinking water source is critical for health and livelihoods, and is especially important for unlocking educational and economic opportunities for women and girls. The reliable provision and management of drinking water also builds trust in local and national governments, and can contribute to local and national stability. Increasing access levels in rural areas has been a traditional focus of WOOSH.