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Boreholes in Africa

Climate Neutral Group | This offsetting project helps to build, renovate, and maintain boreholes in Africa. The aim is to improve people’s accessibility to clean drinking water, particularly in rural areas. The initiative operates in Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, and Eritrea. Here, like anywhere else in the world, clean drinking water is vitally important.

Project type

Technology-based

Project field

Water

Location

Price

€12 / tonne

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 1.5 million people die per year as a result of water related diseases, including many children. Most African rural households don’t have access to clean drinking water. By providing much-needed water access, the project saves lives and reduces the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Boreholes that produce clean drinking water reduce the need to boil water over an open fire to kill bacteria and viruses. One-third of the global population still relies on open fire cooking, which often takes place indoors. The smoke these fires produce is dangerous to people’s health and curb climate change and deforestation.

This project provides access to clean drinking water to rural households in Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, and Eritrea. Over the past few years, local communities have dug various boreholes. Many of these, however, are in a state of disrepair as they haven’t been maintained properly. Carbon finance has renovated and reinvigorated many of these abandoned wells by local contractors. Local villagers received training and have been appointed to maintain their wells. If needed, these wells can be repaired by local plumbers and artisans.

Offsetting 1 tonne of CO2 translates into 1.405 liters of clean drinking water for rural households.

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