Improving Water Supply Sustainability (IWAS) II

Improving the functionality of 850 rural water sources in Northern Uganda to facilitate access to a reliable and safe water supply for more than 210,000 people.



Many water sources in rural Uganda are non-functional or provide less than optimal supply. According to the Water and Environment Sector Performance Report 2019, rural water functionality has stagnated at 85%. It is therefore critical to arrest continued stagnation and develop more sustainable water systems.

To contribute to functionality improvements in Northern Uganda, SNV is implementing the three-year project, 'Improving Water Supply Sustainability (IWAS) Phase II' with Austrian Development Agency (ADA) funding.

Phase II started in January 2019, following the successful conclusion of Phase I (December 2014-December 2017). The current project is being implemented across four districts within the Lango sub-region (Lira, Alebtong, Dokolo and Kole) and aims to improve the functionality of 850 rural water sources so that 212,500 rural people can enjoy uninterrupted access to a sustainable and safe water supply.

The project contributes to enhancing community members’ capacity to manage their water sources, introducing more inclusive and sustainable institutional support mechanisms, and increasing access to quality repair services. Through its work, SNV also challenges the popular misconception of 'using it until it breaks down,’ raising awareness of the importance of preventative maintenance to achieve a reliable water supply and save money.

News and stories

25 March 2021Blog

Preventive maintenance, a prerequisite for sustainable safe water supply

water source
28 October 2020Blog

SNV WASH project promotes women as change agents for water source functionality

Female Caretaker inspects water source
5 August 2020Blog

15,500 people in the Ugandan district of Dokolo to gain access to water

15,500 people in the Ugandan district of Dokolo to gain access to water
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