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Safe Water – Southern Province, Rwanda

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Project Name: Safe Water Project in Rwanda III (GS10959 VPA03)

Project Number, Vintage: GS 11134, 2022

Project Location: Southern Province, Rwanda

Project Type: Safe Water (borehole rehabilitation)

Certified SDG Impacts: 3, 5, 6, 13

Project Description: Provides safe water through borehole rehabilitation and chemical disinfection when required

Sustainability Beyond Carbon: Decreases consumption of forest biomass for boiling water, protecting the forest ecosystem and improves water and indoor air quality, helping improve health

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Project Description

In Rwanda, 31% of people lack clean water access and about 3,000 children die each year from diarrhea

Many people in Rwanda’s Southern Province rely on boreholes to provide clean water but poor maintenance of these boreholes has resulted in many falling into disrepair

Prior to the project, local communities used fossil fuel and/or non-renewable biomass sourced unsustainably from surrounding forests to boil water for purification

This project (Voluntary Project Activity, VPA03, part of the Programme of Activities (PoA) GS 10959 “Safe Water Programme in Africa and Asia“) consists of the maintenance and repair of 30-100 hand-pumped boreholes

In cooperation with a local NGO, safe water is provided to local communities, ensuring water quality requirements are met.  Chemical disinfection is used where water tests indicate quality requirements aren’t met after maintenance is completed

Replacement hand pumps are locally made

The project’s boundary is the boundary of communities using the boreholes maintained by the project

Sustainability Beyond Carbon

Safe drinking water reduces the use of boiling as a means of water purification

This reduced fuel use lowers the amount of biomass removed from local forests, helping maintain carbon stocks and biodiversity

Having access to safe and clean drinking water helps:

  • improve the hygiene, social, economic and environmental issues of the water cycle in rural areas
  • reduce indoor air pollution and associated health issues from boiling water
  • avoid many health problems linked to the use of unsafe drinking water like diarrhoea, intestinal infections and parasites

Typically, without the project, women and girls do the unpaid work of fetching and purifying water, minimising the time available to them for paid work, study, rest and social interaction

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