WaSH – Protected Springs

Water, Sanitation, Hygiene

What is a protected spring

Springs are a source of water for people and wildlife alike. On the other hand, many of them come out onto a dirty bit of land leading to stagnant water, diseases and ultimately death. Therefore, springs are protected through building concrete steps, a wall and a raised spring around them to ensure it is a more sanitised way of collecting water. The spring water is also filtered through an underground pit with rocks to clean the water.

It costs IRT less than £1,000 to install a protected spring.

A protective spring in a Ugandan village means that the villagers, who previously drank contaminated water with the risk of diseases such as typhoid and cholera, will be able to drink safe clean water. The ability to drink clean water only a short distance from their homes is life-saving. It ensures the villagers can get back to education and work. In particular, young girls who are going backwards and forwards to contaminated water sources, instead of going to school.

Villagers using their life-changing protected spring for the first time.