Accessibility to potable water and its implications to rural community health:

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Kampala International University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Historically there has been life behind our ways of living and human health has always been linked to our environment. Though the problem of water is common in most parts of maddu, most people have cultures affiliated to water accessibilities which have an effect on child health. Today most people are faced with water related problems which has left most communities in fear hindering sustainable development, such problems include rape, kidnapping, and defilement due to water sources being far away. The study looked at the practices which people are not aware of, but can avail water to their near bye premises. The objectives were to identify the different sources of potable water, to determine factors affecting the distribution of potable water and to find out the mechanisms can be put in place to remedy the situation of water accessibility. The study used a number of methods which included use of questionnaires, interview guides, observation checklist, and photography. The findings indicated that most communities in maddu are located far from the water sources and they mostly practice poor water management which has seriously left them meandering around looking for water far from their homes. The study also found out that most people get water from un protected wells which affects their health and the most common potable water source in the area was taps and protected wells. The study found out that limited resources, poor leadership and poor planning has affected the distribution of potable water in maddu sub-countries In conclusion the study further showed that safe water supplying sources in Maddu still had a low coverage since the major accessible water sources were unprotected wells, and piped water and lack of clean water and safe sanitation traps multitudes of people in poverty as most of our sources of income highly depend on water. However, there are recommendations that can be undertaken as first step towards promotion of potable water accessibility in maddu sub-county and these included sensitization of people, proper physical planning, research, equity and formation of community health clubs.
A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a degree of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management of Kampala International University
potable water, community health, Gomba District