Clean drinking water
for Uganda -
Kaliro Safe Water Project

AVOIDING Carbon EMISSIONS THROUGH CLEAN DRINKING WATER WITHOUT BOILING

Contaminated water is the leading cause of death south of the Sahara. For this reason, the Kaliro Safe Water project has the goal of giving people access to clean drinking water by drilling wells and maintaining them. 

PROJECT FACTS

This is a map of Africa with Uganda.

LOCATION:
Kaliro District, Uganda

PROJECT START:
2015

PROJECT DEVELOPER:
CO2balance UK ltd

EXTERNAL VERIFIER:
Gold Standard Foundation

QUALITY STANDARD:
Gold Standard VER (GS VER) Micro-Scale

ANNUAL CO2-REDUCTION:
approx. 10.000 t CO2

PROJECT DOCUMENTATION:
https://registry.goldstandard.org/projects/details/808

Boy drinks water from the well at the KALIRO SAFE WATER PROJECT.People fetch water from wells when boy drinks water from wells during the KALIRO SAFE WATER PROJECTWoman fetches water from wells when people fetch water from wells when boy drinks water from wells during the KALIRO SAFE WATER PROJECT.

ProjeCt BENEFITS

  • The project saves around 10,000 tons of carbon emissions per year
  • Less deforestation due to lower fuelwood consumption and thus preservation of biological diversity
  • Long-term and free supply of the communities with clean drinking water
  • Time and financial savings in the procurement of fuel
  • Due to the lower need for firewood, there is more time for field work
  • Saved time and income can be invested in education
  • Healthier soils and higher yields due to less deforestation
  • Less respiratory illnesses and illnesses from contaminated water
  • Women save time fetching and boiling water
  • New workplaces for creating and maintaining the boreholes

Project Background

As part of the Kaliro Safe Water project in Uganda, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by creating and maintaining boreholes. These give people access to clean drinking water without having to boil it. This avoids carbon emissions that would normally have resulted from boiling.

In addition to saving greenhouse gases, the most important effect of the program is the improved health of people, as they spend less time with open cooking areas and the associated smoke development.

The consumption of contaminated drinking water is one of the leading causes of death in sub-Saharan Africa. The smoke generated when the water is boiled leads to respiratory diseases, especially in women and children. The project combats both problems while protecting the climate.

How does climate action with boreholes work?

2 billion people in the world have no access to drinking water. Many families have no other option than to boil water over an open fire using the simplest means. This creates carbon emissions and, depending on the region, ever larger areas are deforested.

By treating water chemically (for example with chlorine) or mechanically (with water filters) or - as in our project in Uganda - making groundwater from wells accessible, these carbon emissions can be saved.

Every contribution counts!

Long-term and free
supply of clean drinking water



Saving of approx. 10,000 t CO 2
through lower
consumption of firewood



More time for fieldwork and education









Less respiratory illnesses and illnesses due to contaminated water






Women save time by fetching water
and live more safely without the long ways
to collect firewood

Contribution to the UN Sustainability goals

The 17 sustainability goals of the United Nations are important.

Project Quality standard 

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Gold Standard

The Gold Standard was developed in 2003 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and more than 20 other international environmental organisations. The standard is supported by the non-profit Gold Standard Foundation based in Switzerland. Gold Standard projects are primarily characterized by the fact that, in addition to reducing carbon emissions, they also contribute to sustainable development in the respective project region - in addition to climate action, they also bring social added value.