600 Litres of Water an Hour for a Primary School in Uganda
Since December 2017, clean water has been running at the St. Martin Mulago Primary School in Kampala. The school received a grant from Grace Impact and Munich RE to purchase a WP700 solar powered water purification system from SolarWave AB. The system produces 600 liters of safe drinking water every hour, providing convenient 24/7 access to the school’s 1,200 students and staff. The grant was made in conjunction with SolarWave’s Good Water Program. See also: https://www.solarwave.se/good-water/
SolarWave’s “Good Water Program” is not only about providing water purification the equipment. Every project begins with an awareness raising campaign on the importance of drinking safe water. This important training campaign is conducted together with local community leaders and NGOs. Once the purification system has been installed, local technicians are trained in its proper operation and maintenance. SolarWave provides spare parts and technical support throughout the project’s entire lifespan. This is in contrast to other water treatment equipment suppliers who deliver equipment but provide no training, no customer service support, nor repair and maintenance. We monitor the project’s impact on the community and we report back to our partners on its present status and next steps.
The facts speak for themselves:
Since the installation of the water purification system at the St. Martin Mulago Primary School in February 2018, school absentee rates have fallen and illnesses previously associated with drinking unsafe water have also decreased. With the new system, the children are learning about hygiene and the importance of washing their hands throughout the day to avoid the spreading of bacteria.