LAKE Victoria is the 2nd largest freshwater lake in the world, and it is at Agnes Nansubuga's front door. So naturally, that's where she used to fetch her drinking water. Unfortunately, it is also a place that many of her fellow villagers also use as a bathroom. When she drank water from the lake, "I used to get stomach pains," she says.
Now, though, Nansubuga not only has access to clean water herself, she also provides it to others. She works as an operator on one of the pumps that provide clean water to her village, part of a system installed by a South Carolina-based Christian missionary organization, Water Missions International. Water is drawn from a pipe placed about 150 meters into Lake Victoria, then run through a solar-powered a water filtration system back on shore, where the ... [view whole blog post ]