Rwanda Safe Water Project

Rehabilitation of Water Wells


The project maintains water wells and the necessary infrastructures to ensure clean water is readily available, reducing the need to use inefficient fires to purify water.

Nyagatare in northeastern Rwanda experiences high temperatures and low precipitation, resulting in periodic droughts. Soil erosion exacerbates water loss, and the region’s river network has low water levels, posing challenges for both humans and animals in meeting their water needs. 

Before the development of this project, the population relied on open ponds and streams for water, necessitating time-consuming trips and exposing them to bacterial contamination. Boiling the water was necessary before use. Cooking was done on inefficient three-stone fires, leading to high CO2 emissions and health issues like pulmonary disease and itchy eyes. Over the past 20 years, the Rwandan government and NGOs constructed community boreholes to provide clean drinking water, but inadequate maintenance programs, poor management, and high costs have hindered their effectiveness.

The Nyagatare Safe Water Project is a major step forward for the people living in this region, by rehabilitating broken water wells. Through this project, each borehole supplies fresh and clean drinking water to over 100 families, impacting positively on health and the environment.

Project Status:

GS Registered



Project Type:

Energy Efficiency – Domestic

Estimated Annual Emissions Reductions

120,000 tonnes CO2

Crediting Period Term

May 16, 2017 ― May 15, 2024

Indigenous/Local Impact:

Clean water for over 100 families

Climate Benefits and Community Impact

In addition to the clean water provision, this project also aims to reduce GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions from the use of emissions intensive sources such as the burning of non-renewable biomass for cooking and water treatment.

Benefits to the environment and communities include:


Contributes to the protection of biodiversity hot spots such as the Akagera National Park.


Avoiding the use of the 3-stone-fire for water purification results in less smoke and leads to significantly smoke irritations causing red-eye complications and lung diseases.


Establishing and maintaining a safe water supply infrastructure.


Reducing CO2: 10.000 tons per VPA through the optimized water gathering process.


Each borehole supplies around 2.5 million liters of water per year, equal to 1 Olympic swimming pool.


Reducing the cost of firewood saves families money enabling households to buy livestock and support children with their education and school supplies.


Verification: This project is verified by the Gold Standard

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The protection of this project helps participate in several of the United Nations Sustainability Goals

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

GOAL 13: Climate Action

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals

GOAL 7: Affordable & Clean Energy



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