Sustainable Sanitation and Water Renewal Systems

Sanitation is the hygienic means of promoting health through prevention of human contact with the hazards of wastes as well as the treatment and proper disposal of sewage or waste water.

The Ugandan water supply and sanitation sector has made substantial progress in urban areas since the mid-1990s, with substantial increases in coverage as well as in operational and commercial performance. However, there is increased need to extend clean water to rural areas and in slums of Kampala as it is still evidenced that most people in Uganda hardly access clean water.

SSWARS makes maximum use (where possible) of appropriate locally available materials, involves communities to identify and provide local data for use in initial planning studies and investigations, trains communities in building of infrastructure as well as in operation and maintenance.

The key objective is to uplift the status and well-being of the rural and urban poor with the possibility of alleviating poverty among such communities. Therefore, poor and marginalized communities are our target. The key question is how does SSWARS identify the poor? SSWARS consults with relevant local government technical units, government officials, community leaders and elders to identify needy communities, which lack the basic water and sanitation services. SSWARS visits communities and discusses planned projects with them in order to get their input in planning for community project interventions in water supply and sanitation. Some solutions