Water Survival Box –
Dr Nigel Harris,
water survival box was taken out to Jinja in South East
Uganda by Nigel Harris.
The project was presented to the Source of Nile
Rotary Club and the box was taken to the Nile Vocational
Training Institute (NVI) for use at a village where they
have a Community Based Training (CBT) project.
Following consultation with Rogers Banyenzaki, NVI CBT
co-ordinator, the box was taken out to the Bulunga village
for evaluation (see attached pictures). The village grows
crops to provide income.
The main source of water for the village is a water spring
which is in poor condition and is not protected (the pump
for the tube well having been stolen some years previously).
One of the
purposes of our visit was to build a protective wall around
the source. The
other source of water is run off rain water. This is
collected and stored in a large cistern. There are around
400 people in the local community, they seemed quite happy
with their current supply and this water was used to cook
with during our stay.
The demonstration was to one of the community leaders, someone from the local press, a council representative and some of the ladies (see pictures). It was translated by one of the residents who spoke good English. They understood that the box was primarily intended for emergency use when good quality water was not available. I explained that in their situation, it could also be used as a source of high quality water for young babies or children and if they were sick.
filled the box with local water (this is transported in the
yellow plastic 4 gallon drums). We added one tablet, which dissolved
well and timed it for 20 minutes. The wait was a source of
frustration, but they understood the need for this. We then connected
the pump and filled up one of the clear plastic containers.
The water was excellent and had a clean taste. The people were
impressed, particularly when then saw it was as good as
bottled water. The box was left in the village and
Comments and observations
The box worked very well, it produced 1 gallon of good
quality water very quickly.
Pictorial instructions need to be printed on the box (separate bits of paper will go missing) it is unclear how many tablets should be used to treat the contents.
There may be no means of timing in the village – could a mechanical timer be attached to the box?
Nigel Harris, April 2009
Nigel Harris, April 2009
Photographs showing the Water Box evaluation session
|The village community centre. The large tank on the left stores rain water.|