Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Quest for water in Uganda
In the United States we take clean drinkable water for granted. All we have to do is turn on the tap and fill up our glass. Only 62 percent of the 30 million Ugandans have access to safe water and 60% have access to adequate sanitation; the lowest rates in the world. Only 8% have electricity. The facts are startling: approximately 300 million Africans are without access to safe drinking water and 313 million are without appropriate access to sanitation. The water in our clean, modern apartment is only safe to drink if run through a filtration system. It can be used for bathing only if bleach is added. Most Ugandans have to haul water from a source some distance from their house.