Uganda

Partnering with EWB to provide clean water in Uganda

Lack of access to clean water is one of the most serious challenges in developing countries.

The village of Mikomago, Uganda is one of many communities that face this challenge. See how Bechtel and Engineers Without Borders are making a difference

Mikomago's 1,700 residents are forced to travel far from their homes and carry water home in large cans, which can weigh up to 50 pounds, and the village's existing water sources (open-source pits and shallow wells) are contaminated - putting the community at high risk for serious water-borne illnesses.

Bechtel employees and other members of the EWB-USA Mid-Maryland Professional Chapter are working hand in hand with local community partners in Mikomago, Uganda, toward one life-changing goal: establishing a clean, safe, sustainable and accessible water supply.

In April 2015, the EWB team and local NGO Mwangwe Rural Development Association met with Mikomago's local water committee to begin detailed planning for the village's first public water supply system. They talked with residents and gathered important information they'll need to implement this transformative infrastructure project.

The best outcome of this project will be that each family has better access to clean water that will help the entire economy to improve and improve their quality of life. 

To learn more about this project, visit the EWB-USA Mid-Maryland Professional Chapter.