Uganda's Adjumani district is a hot, dry and dusty place where limited water sources are being strained by added demands from thousands of South Sudanese refugees. Boreholes are helping remedy this siutation. In Rusia East Sub-County, a new borehole has elimited the 10 km return trip people were making to access clean water.
Some 102 households now pay a small monthly fee to draw as many as 11 jerry cans of water a day, enough to meet drinking, cooking and bathing needs. Local residents manage the finances and conduct regular maintenance. A local water supply means children are returning to school. They're no longer needed to help fetch wateer. Run-off from the well is not wasted. It's used to construct clay bricks which can be sold for additional income.