Safe Water Systems in Uganda

In Uganda, over 21 million people lack access to clean drinking water. Contaminated water and poor-quality sanitation can lead to the spread of illnesses such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, Hepatitis A, typhoid and polio. Many people resort to boiling water to purify it and prevent water-borne diseases.TASC is addressing this problem by financing the distribution of 30,000 ceramic water filters in Western Uganda and monitoring their use.

Puurifaaya filters are produced in Uganda by a local company, Spouts of Africa. They filter water through microscopic holes in a ceramic pot, leaving germs and impurities behind. By using these, households no longer need to harvest wood and boil water to purify it and the reduction in water boiling can diminish each household’s CO2 emissions by up to 3 tonnes per year. The project is registered with the Gold Standard which recognises the project’s contribution to United Nations Social Development Goals, in particular Goal Three (Good Health and Well Being). The Gold Standard project methodology permits project monitoring and carbon credit issuance for up to 7 years, therefore the water filters will be replaced after a period of 3 years to ensure ongoing health benefits and CO2 reductions.

Distribution of the 30 000 waterfilters is now complete and project monitoring and carbon credit issuance is underway. We hope to expand our project in Uganda and beyond in the months and years to come.