Water Management

Access to clean water is essential for children’s survival and development. Increasingly water sources are under threat from contamination, which impacts not only on the health of children, but also on the social, environmental and economic development of communities. In rural areas of East Africa, one third of villages have no access to a valid water source.

The main technology options are boreholes (44%), shallow wells (24%) and protected springs (21%). Tap stands, public kiosks and rainwater harvesting represent 11% of water sourced. Access to mains water supply is restricted to urban areas, where it is estimated 20% of premises have a safely managed water supply.

Rainwater Harvesting

Schools often have a large roof catchment area for rainwater harvesting that can substantially augment a school’s water requirements.

First Flush Device

A first flush device diverts the first rain away from the storage tank to keep stored water as clean as possible. First flush water can be used for irrigation.

Borehole Water

In sites where connection to water mains is not feasible then a borehole could be a suitable solution to supplement rainwater harvesting.

Filtering Systems

Raw water no matter what its source should be treated in a point-of-use filtering system to ensure safe drinking quality water.

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Create a second skin beneath the roof to reduce the radiant temperature and help to cool the roof through enhanced ventilation.

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