How to Build a Water Tank in 5 Simple Steps

In Kenya and Uganda, a water tank can change hundreds of lives…in just 5 simple steps.

1. YOU

YOU are the first step. Your compassion for children who are suffering from dirty water prompts your amazing generosity. And it’s your gift that starts the process, culminating in that first drop of clean water!

2. Location Scout

As we’re collecting donations here in Bellingham, our team in-country is scouting locations. They work closely with our network of churches to determine where the greatest water needs are, and which spots are best suited for a tank. They look at things like how far a community is from the nearest water source, how dirty the water is, and the rainfall patterns in that spot.

Their biggest concern, of course, is how the current water situation affects the children who live in that area. Many children are walking four hours a day or more, just to fetch dirty water – that’s what we need to change!

3. A Firm Foundation

After selecting a location and receiving your gifts, the work can begin! The most important part is to build a solid foundation for the tank, to protect the water from ground contaminants. There is also a system of pipes and gutters to install.

We build each tank next to a local church because they’re often large buildings – the big roofs help capture rainwater run-off. But more importantly, providing clean water in partnership with a church is a unique opportunity. Alongside physical water, the church congregation can also introduce the community to Jesus, the Water of Life!

4. Fill it up!

Next up, we wait for rain. The reason water tanks work so well in Kenya and Uganda is that both countries have regular rains. And this isn’t the Pacific Northwest drizzle we’re treated to here in Bellingham. They have torrential rains – fat raindrops splash onto the roof. Before, all that water would runoff quickly and uselessly.

But thanks to the newly installed pipes and gutters, the whole surface of the church roof is now a water harvester. That tank will be full in no time! And each tank can hold more than 2600 gallons, so a good rain can provide water for weeks.

5. Turn on the Tap

The final step is delivering water filters, and then you can turn on the tap! Along with each tank, we provide water filters to ensure the water is safe to drink. These hardworking charcoal filters remove not just visible impurities like sediment and silt, but the invisible dangers too: all the parasites are filtered out, leaving pure, safe water!

Now, instead of the muddy, parasite-filled water that they have to walk hours for, children can get fresh, clean water right by their home!

Childcare Worldwide is grateful to partner with generous people all over the world to build a better life for kids in need. If you’re interested in providing clean water for children in need, click here.

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