Over 10 million Ugandans, or one third of the population, lack access to a clean water source, resulting in negative health, social, economic, and environmental consequences.

Health

Water borne illnesses like diarrhea remain a leading cause of death for children under the age of five, exceeding deaths from either malaria or AIDS. Lack of safe water also leads to malnutrition and prevents recovery from treatable diseases like pneumonia.

Social

The responsibility of securing drinking water falls disproportionally on women and children, taking away valuable time that could be spent contributing to the economy or going to school.

Economic

Acquiring drinking water is an expensive investment across Uganda, whether boiling water or purchasing costly bottled water. Treating water borne illness is an additional expense arising from the lack of safe water.

Environmental

Clearing forests to provide firewood to boil water contributes to the rapidly growing deforestation of Uganda and increases CO2 emissions and smoke inhalation in homes.