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Rugusu Springs

February 18, 2004 Sara Spendrup

The Rugusu spring has continuously become the icon of community development of the families forming the beneficiary community. Their living standards have improved due to the presence of enough and clean water for domestic activities.

In the recent days the spring has improved and enlarged in terms of the water flowing from the growing springs’ eyes. The water itself is very clean and its quantity has increased despite the dry spell that has stricken the area.

The projects structures have been utilised properly with the number of families increasing and becoming more responsible in terms of their daily use of the structures. This has been due to the benefits the community is reaping from the project, which is more or less like their survival kit.

In terms of the daily water consumption in the different ways of community activities, it shows that the numbers have increased. This is indicated by the numbers of people and livestock reported daily.

Daily Livestock Watering
Livestock
 Approximate numbers.
 
Cows
 900
 
Goats/ sheep
 1100
 
Totals
 2000 
 
Daily Domestic Water Fetching
Mode of fetching
 Number of people
 Number of litres
 Total litres fetched
 
Human
 80
 20
 1600
 
Donkey backs
 21
 40
 840
 
Oxen cart
 8
 200
 1600
 


Daily washing activities.
Type of activity
 Weekdays  Weekends 
Washing clothes
 17
 21
 
Shower usage
 20
 25 
 
The activities are done on a daily bases making the spring to be quite a busy place. However, this does not cause any problem in terms of organisation. The water flow is reportedly very reliable because it is able to meet this high water demand.

Other environmental impacts.

The community has established a tree nursery, which holds around 500 seedlings.
The community has planted around 50 trees on the projects ground for shade and environmental beautification.
The members of the community have planted more than 300 trees in their homes and this being extended to the neighbouring community.
Livestock injuries from accidents that were earlier caused when the animals were fighting for water have ceased.
The community conflicts on water usage have completely stopped due to projects establishment.
The community has also cultivated a collective responsibility of managing the project by having new management committee and are elected every two years.