The primary objective of the programme is to disseminate water purification systems to low-income households and institutions such as schools, starting in Uganda. Carbon finance is used to give households access to the clean water technologies thereby improving the livelihoods and health conditions of thousands of people.
Lack of access to safe drinking water and inadequate sanitation and hygiene are responsible for the majority of the 1.8 million annual deaths caused by diarrheal disease. Children under five are particularly affected. According to the WHO report, 884 million people do not use improved sources of drinking water. Over one third of those live in sub-Saharan Africa. In Uganda, 40 per cent of people boil water for purification and many more do not treat water at all. In addition, wood harvest for domestic cooking and boiling water is one of the major causes of deforestation around the globe. The burning of wood not only damages the environment, but can also negatively impact human health. In addition, many women and children spend much of their time gathering fuel instead of putting that time toward more productive purposes.
Now that we have the UV treatment, we no longer have to boil water, which saves money and saves the environment.
Mpagi, Teacher and Director of Maintenance, Kawempe Muslim Secondary School
The programme addresses the above issues while enabling access to water purification technologies on household as well as institutional level. Examples of water treatment devices currently used include solar and electric ultraviolet (UV) purification units, ceramic filters and ultra filtration systems. Institutional water treatment systems can treat depending on type between 120 to 650 litres per hour that can provide safe water for 1000 students and more. This translates into 40 tonnes of wood savings per year. Smaller filters used in households treat 2-6 litres per hour. For women and children this means time saved that they otherwise spent in collecting or buying firewood. Wood savings of around 1.7 tonnes per year have been reported.
Since I have a Solvatten unit, the number of my clients has increased, as I can give them free drinking water. Compared to its benefits the unit was not that expensive.
Mastula Nakanja, restaurant owner Kampala
The programme will promote the scaled dissemination of clean water technologies around the world. After Uganda, myclimate’s implementing partner has already identified other countries such as Indonesia, Haiti, Rwanda, Sudan, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Kenya as potential target areas for programme activities. It will work with local and international organizations to identify the most appropriate products for varying national contexts. myclimate invests the revenues from carbon offsetting in the project in the form of activities that facilitate project scale-up, such as direct technology subsidies, developing marketing and outreach resources, capacity building and enhancing distribution channels.