Over 8.4 million people in Uganda live without access to
safe drinking water.

For mothers, this means the risk of parasites and dangerous waterborne illnesses threatening the lives of their children. For young girls, it means walking kilometres every day with heavy cans down dangerous roads instead of going to school. Water is everything: education, good health, gender equality, food security. Water is life.


Without easy access to clean water, children are kept at home to help their mothers haul water from polluted sources. The youth who do manage to get to school often miss long stretches due to diseases like typhoid and diarrhea. Constant sickness can drastically affect their performance in class, but it’s a choice between that and dehydration.

  • Access to improved water sources means healthier, more focused kids and greater success in school.
  • With a water source close to their home, children –especially young girls — are free to attend school and build a brighter future.

443 million school days are missed each year due to water-related diseases.


Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness. Typhoid, cholera, and diarrhea are just a few of the hundreds of waterborne pathogens people are exposed to every day by drinking and cooking with contaminated water.

  • Half of the developing world’s hospital beds are filled by people suffering from water-related diseases.
  • Over 3.6% of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply, sanitation, and hygiene?

? The World Health Organization

20 litres per person per day is the minimum amount of water required to keep us clean and healthy ?

Women and Girls

When it’s a three-hour round trip down a dangerous road to the nearest well, women have no time for school or business ventures. Girls are kept at home to help their mothers collect water, and are vulnerable to attack when they venture out on their own.

Research in sub-Saharan Africa suggests that women and girls in low-income countries spend 40 billion hours a year collecting water—the equivalent of a year’s worth of labour by the entire French work force.

  • The average container for water collection in Africa can weigh over 40lbs when full.
  • Girls under the age of 15 are twice as likely as boys to be the family member responsible for fetching water.

For every 10% increase in women's literacy, a country's whole economy can grow by up to 0.3%.

Gravity Flow System

At ACTS we build what’s called a Gravity Flow System. We find a water spring source in the hills above the communities in need, protect the source, then build a network of pipelines, reservoirs, and accessible tap stands to give clean water to several villages. Once the system has been created, no manual labour (such as pumping water) is required. Gravity does the work for us.

The Source

Located in the hills above the villages we work in, these clean water springs bubble up from underground at a flow rate of 0.7 to 3 litres a second.

Village or Trading Centre

Anywhere from 4,000 up to 25,000 people will have access to clean water from one of our Gravity Flow Systems.

Concrete Reservoir

Reservoirs of up to 20,000 litres control water pressure and provide emergency supply in the event of a temporary reduction in water flow.

Tap Stand

Tap stands are often located in front of schools and clinics, strategically placed so no village member has to walk more than 500 metres to reach clean, safe water.


Each system uses between 5 and 90 kilometres of pipeline which is buried three feet underground for protection.

Water is life.

Life-giving water is the means, wholeness and opportunity are the ends.

In our 20 years of active involvement in clean water supply, we have completed 21 gravity-flow water projects, providing clean water to 162,000 people in rural Uganda.

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