Ugandan Water Project

or via ALL WE ARE:

Gabby Adams (12th Grader) at Carrboro High School and John Hite (teacher at Carrboro High School).

We are planning a Silent Auction at Carrboro High School to support a water project in Kampala, Uganda. We are looking for things to auction off . . . specifically things like: home goods, paintings, sporting tickets, beach homes for a week or weekend, gift cards/certificates, babysitting services or anything you have that you no longer have a purpose for, objects that are new or gently used.

MAY 27th (SUNDAY) ~ 2pm to 4pm

If you have anything you would like to donate please contact:


CHS student Gabby Adams:

CHS teacher John Hite:
Below is info about the project from All We Are:

Butambala is a district west of Kampala, Uganda (shaded in red below) which has a population of about 105,000 people. This project will be specifically focused on the Kitimba region of this district (circled below).

This project will serve Kitimba Primary School (320 students) and Kitimba Health Centre which serves 8,000 residents in the immediate area, and an additional 8,000 residents in neighboring villages. The Health Centre treats about 50 patients per day and has about 5 labors per day. The most common diseases they treat for are typhoid (from contaminated water) and malaria.

Currently, the closest water supply to this area is a spring 1.1 km away. Children often fetch water before and after school for use throughout the day. If funding is available, the school will provide bottled water for the students, but this is often very expensive, costing around $27 per day (for reference, a Dasani-sized 16.9 oz bottle of water costs around $0.17).


The most common water sources in this area are rain harvesting tanks, shallow wells or springs, and purified water from the market.


Some of the common issues with the water supply include:

  • The existing rain harvesting tanks don't hold enough water for the entire year. Available tanks are not big enough, and larger tanks are very expensive and difficult to transport to the village. There are also two very dry seasons which total around 6-7 months of the year.
  • Buying purified water from a local market is very expensive. They either buy bottles of water or tanks of water which is shipped in from out of town. Many times they can't afford the water or there isn't enough water available at the market.
  • We saw quite a few pre-existing wells in the area, but many were not functioning. The causes of which were due to poor construction (many were hand dug and didn't reach very deep into the water table) or poor maintenance (many used manual pumps, and pumped the well dry by collapsing underground aquifers).
  • Boreholes and markets are many kilometers away from the schools and health centres
  • Many sources of water are contaminated by nearby latrines or runoff 


The factors above lead many residents to gathering drinking water from nearby springs or "shallow wells" shown below


A rough sketch of the system we plan on implementing is shown below. We will drill a borehole with a solar-powered submersible pump in the center of Kitimba Village. The pump will run throughout the day to pull water into a holding tank. From there we'll filter the water, bottle it, and sell the water for a low cost at a kiosk. 

Advantages of this design include:

  • ​The​
     borehole provides a 
    water supply all
    ​ ​
    year for the village

  • ​Electrical pumps have built-in shutoff valves which prevent you from drying out the well ​

  • Placing the borehole in a central location 
    ​means reduces the distance residents need to walk to retrieve water​
  • Water filtering and treatment accounts for biological contaminants and heavy metals
  • This low price point will be much more affordable for local villagers (around 3-5x cheaper than existing bottled water shipped in from the city)
  • The money generated through the kiosk keeps the project self-sustaining by covering any maintenance costs needed in the future

John Hite,
Feb 10, 2018, 8:09 AM