Clean Water

Uyogo is located in a dry area of Tanzania and water can be a problem. There may be a lack of water in the dry season and then too much water flooding the road to the nearest town, Urambo, making it impassable in the rainy season. 

KUFL funded the establishment of a new borehole in 2009 and then the building of two rainwater harvesting tanks in Uyogo, collecting  rainwater from the roof gutters of the primary school and the Dispensary, so it can be stored and used in dry times. 

The rainwater harvesting tanks are built of thin ferro-concrete walls, are easy to maintain and work extremely well to alleviate water problems in the dry season.

Rain Water Harvesting Tank
Culvert to divert water from the road

To solve the problem of too much water washing away vital access roads during the rainy season, KUFL funded and Uyogo villagers built two culverts under the main road to Urambo.  

These are sturdy and are working well. (last viewed by KUFL Chair Kit Lawry in October 2019).

The video shows the 2009 borehole in use. To reduce the need for villagers to transport water over large distances using containers, in 2020, a £13,000 scheme was completed to pump the water through pipes from a new borehole to high level tanks which supply 3 standpipe locations situated conveniently for the villagers, the primary school and the dispensary.

Water Tank

The energy to power the water pumps is taken from the national electricity grid. The video below shows the installation of the electricity supply, the laying of water pipes, the installation of a water tanks and the final commissioning of the scheme.

Towards the end of 2022 it became apparent that the electricity supply from the national grid is not completely reliable in terms of availability and power regulation. 

To avoid damage to the equipment and improve the reliability, it is planned to add solar electrical power to the scheme. 

Water will be taken from the 2009 borehole and the scheme will be extended to serve a water point at Umiki Secondary School.

Umiki secondary school students digging a 330m water pipe trench.