Spouts of Water and its partners have launched a cost-effective solution – PURIFAAYA Ceramic Water Filter – in Nakawuka, Wakiso district to make drinking water available to everyone.
According to Kathy Ku, co-founder Spouts of Water, the company behind Purifaaya Ceramic Water filters, “up to 10 million Ugandans live without safe water.”
Ku asserts that “about 75% of diseases such as diarrhea which affect people are caused by a lack of clean water and proper sanitation. Statistics further indicate that more than 15 million people don’t treat water, which is 53% of Uganda’s population.”
PURIFAAYA is a ceramic water filter made using local materials, to provide an affordable, effective, and easy-to-use solution to water access in Uganda.
It also creates employment opportunities for youth.
“Together with our partners, we have invested shs2 billion to make this investment a worthwhile venture for the population in Uganda,” Ku said.
Dr. Ian Clarke, Chairman International Medical Group, who officiated at the launch of the product, commended Spouts of Water, Yunus Social Business, and partners for the innovative low-cost water filter.
“Such innovations are what Uganda needs to reduce the national disease burden and guarantee a healthy population. I am confident that thousands of Ugandans will live healthier lives because it will now be more affordable for them to access clean drinking water,” Dr. Clarke remarked.
Since its pilot launch two years ago, Spout of Water has sold over 15,000 Purifayaa units primarily among poor families, NGOs, schools, and refugee camps.
The products have been made available through Vine Pharmacy, Uganda’s leading pharmaceutical chain, at less than shs100, 000.
The company is optimistic that with the right support this initiative will ensure that everyone has clean water to drink.