WATER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The water research and development center is a sector of Ndejje University Main campus, Luwero that was established in 2017 to take on the various water projects for the University in response to the constantly arising water challenges in communities and the university.
The core activities of the center for this year 2018 are setting up water for agriculture (irrigation) and rainwater harvesting - proposals have been developed to make a start with these activities.
Other proposed activities include:
- Establish a water laboratory for testing according to the UNBS potable water standards
- Institute a weather station
- Offer courses and lectures, e.g. GIS, water quality, rain water harvesting, irrigation
- Utilize pumps for testing borehole yields, groundwater mapping
- Utilize bio-waste for aquaculture
- Realize student projects in the field of water resources management
- Establish collaborations with other universities, government agencies, companies and NGOs
The rapidly increasing population growth, industrialization and diverse developmental activities present diverse environmental issues associated with
1. Food security
2. Energy deficiencies
3. Water quality and quantity deficiencies
4. Environmental pollution (of land, air and water)
5. Distortions of the Eco system
Ndejje University and the sustainable development goals under the water research and development center
In response to the UN sustainable development goals , the water research and development center has devoted its research and community outreach initiatives to address the issues above.
The water research and development center is ensuring sustainable food production systems and is implementing resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production. This is through the use of rainwater (surface run-off and roof harvested) so as to supplement on the water available for irrigation from the existing well on the demonstration agricultural site for all seasons.
Ndejje University through the water research and development center has set up a water kiosk supplying clean water to Kisooba during water shortages but open for all seasons at a cost.
Through the community outreach initiatives, projects are to be set up to make water more accessible to locals in surrounding communities that face a challenge of water scarcity.
Sensitization of the locals on the different water quality indicators of drinking water to make the water safer for consumption in these areas.