To mark the midway point of the Katine project, and ahead of mid-point reviews to be conducted by our independent evaluator and Amref, this week Madeleine Bunting examines progress in each of the project’s five components. In the third of her reviews she looks at water and sanitation.
Water and sanitation is the aspect of the project which, to be honest, most troubles me. We were told in the last Amref report that eight new boreholes had been drilled, but it seems that there is a problem with several of them because of the pipes that were used. There is to be a survey of the quality of the water, but villagers are anxious that the deposits of iron that have appeared in the water from these boreholes are in fact harmful, and some believe them to be worms. Richard M Kavuma, our reporter, wrote about this problem a month ago.