In line with Uganda’s commitment to the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development; the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21; and the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit for Sustainable Development, Uganda Vision 2040 commits to taking urgent measures to protect the environment and natural resources to ensure their future sustainability.
It is clear that the Government of Uganda has taken steps to ensure the fulfilment and enjoyment of the right to water and sanitation. Quite a number of steps have been taken at the structural, process and outcomes levels that demonstrate that the government is, to a large extent, on the path of progressive realisation however, almost a quarter of people across Uganda do not have access to clean water and over 80% do not have adequate sanitation
Due to the difficulties in accessing water treatment facilities, most times the residents’ resort to drinking contaminated water which causes diarrhoeal diseases and leads to some of the deaths in rural areas, about 4,500 children die every year in Uganda due to having no other option but to drink this unsafe water
Over 85% of Uganda’s population depend on rural water supply systems and the current water and environment sector performance report (2017) reports an 84% functionality of rural water sources such as boreholes and shallow wells with a hand pump, One of the strategic objectives of the MWE is to provide safe water within easy reach and hygienic sanitation facilities based on management responsibility and ownership by users to 79% of the population in rural areas and 95% in urban population by the year 2020, with 80%-90% effective use and functionality
However, sustainability especially of rural water supplies is still a challenge, despite the improvement in the national functionality rate which currently stands at 88%. There is poor practices of operation and maintenance of the rural water sources and lack of Post construction monitoring and technical support to management committees, focus has been given to development and less on maintenance. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that we have safe, reliable and sustainable water of adequate quality and quantity all year around
In an effort to achieve functional water systems, Alliance Water Solutions (AWASO) began its operations in 2014 in Busoga region, with an integrated approach to Implement, Operate, Maintain and Manage WASH facilities as we contribute towards achieving functionality, we promote safe water usage at household level through established acceptable institutions within the program areas, we operate and manage, we undertake timely and routine responses, rehabilitation, repairs and maintenances of the existing water system as we carry out periodic water analysis and ensure good quality and establish a project system data bank.
The organisation focus on establishing and building the capacity of Water and Sanitation committee, community members and other key stakeholders to actively participate in the management of the project. so as to have transparent and effective accountable reporting mechanisms. Details