Clean Water for Iyolwa Secondary School, Phase 3 - Iyolwa, Uganda
In the second project stage of the construction of a sanitation and drinking water facility for the Iyolwa Secondary School, Uganda, the water filter and storage facility has been successfully constructed and installed in just 3 months construction time. It will be launched at the school opening in February 2017.
Providing this facility as well as sanitation facilities is essential for the water supply and hygiene of the students. The construction of dry toilets and shower cubicles in the first project stage in 2015 ensures the equipment of the school with sanitary facilities and thus hygienic care. The step has a direct health-promoting impact. In addition, the concept of dry toilets avoids a longterm pollution of soil and thus groundwater.
In the second project stage the water treatment plant, that supplies both the sanitation complex with water as well as the students with sufficient filtered drinking water, was constructed. Water tanks with a capacity of 40,000 litres were installed for dry periods. For the water treatment, the tried and tested concept already implemented at the Ssama Primary School in Uganda in 2014 is used. Water supply and hygienic standards form the fundamental conditions for a regular school routine and thus help improve the education of children in the region.
During the building construction, Interlocking Stabilised Soil Blocks (ISSB) were used instead of the fired clay bricks common in Uganda. Used for the first time, ISSB are an alternative that is more environmentally friendly, of better quality and more economical to produce. ISSB wall bricks were made from local compressed clay mixed with cement and using a press. The special shape ensures a strong bond with minimal use of mortar. The press machine has been used in the building’s construction for the first time; in the long term, it will be handed over to members of the local community to give them the opportunity to make money and create jobs.
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