As almost everyone in Northern Uganda says, water is life and life cannot continue without water. To emphasize how important water is to the people of Northern Uganda, I want to highlight the difficulties that they face. In the United States we don’t usually face difficulties with water because we don’t realize how heavily we rely on it because it is available at our fingertips. Some of the biggest challenges with water are that villages are very large and it’s an extremely long distance to get to water sources and the lines to use the water sources are also extremely long. There is such a small amount of water and usually people can only bring back one Jerry Can at a time so it takes multiple trips to get an adequate amount of water. The villages that people live in are often very spread apart from the water sources and sometimes a walk to the closest water source can be as long as 2 km. Boreholes also break very often because they are not maintained monthly, and getting enough money for repairs is very difficult because people in the village often don’t have any extra money to spare. Although the villages do have water and sanitation committees to organize these repairs, pipes bursting and rusting are still very expensive and the village cannot collect enough money to usually pay for the repairs. Another problem with getting clean water is that normally it takes around 20 to 30 minutes just to pump other hand pump from the borehole even before water comes out in addition to this children are often the ones that are collecting water and most of the time they don’t know how to properly use the hand pump so they often are slamming it down so it breaks really easily. A solution to some of these problems could be drilling another borehole or new wells near the villages or pumping water from the Nile through a pipe leading to the villages that surround the river. We can also see that water is extremely important to the people of north and Uganda because they have mini customs about water some of these customs include not fighting Atwater points including while waiting in line for a bore hole or waiting in line for a spring as well as when you’re at the Nile collecting water you’re not allowed to fight anywhere near the water site. Another custom is that there can be no fighting for water so someone has collected water and they are walking back to the village you’re not allowed to fight in order to take the water away from a person. Another custom is that if women are pregnant you cannot fetch water until 8 AM and if you have just given birth you were not allowed to fetch water at all in addition to this you cannot wash any eating utensils at the river or else you’ll get a taboo put on to you which basically means you’ll get a curse put onto you and your family. The reason I chose to include a picture of a borehole with a hand pump is to just show how many people get their water in the villages of Northern Uganda. This picture is an example of a well-maintained borehole since it does have the concrete around it and the concrete is it cracked however this borehole does not have any fencing around it to keep animals away from it nor does it have a card to keep the hand pump from crashing completely all the way down onto the rest of the metal structure.