The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 40% of Africa’s Sub-Saharan population still lacks access to safe water. In Uganda, 52% of the country does not have basic access to safe drinking water.
To fight this issue, SPOUTS aims to provide access to safe and clean drinking water through the production and distribution of ceramic water filters for households and communities in Uganda.
Prior to the use of filtration, Ugandan were using wood and/or charcoal on rudimentary stoves for boiling water in order to use it after. The project improves the energy efficiency of end-users practices and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions otherwise resulting from the burning of non-renewable woody biomass and/or charcoal. SPOUTS has also installed filters in over 500 schools across the country, providing access to safe water for over 50,000 students.
SPOUTS aims to provide 5 million Ugandans, or 14% of the population, with access to safe water by 2025.
Kathy Ku, a young college student, spent the summer of 2010 in Uganda and was struck by how many people around her were getting sick from dirty water. Seeing that these diseases could be prevented, she knew there was a better way. SPOUTS was created in 2011 with the simple idea that ceramic water filters could be made and sold locally.