UGANDA: Bududa villages get safe piped water
By: Leonard Mukooli
Bududa- Last week, the people of Bududa district were all smiles after Gets Technical services limited, handed over a 22 billion Bududa Nabweya Gravity Flow water scheme to Bududa district officials after its completion.
The director, directorate of water development in the ministry of water and environment Engineer Aaron M. Kabirizi told jubilant beneficiaries at Bududa district headquarters that his ministry is relieved that the contractor met the stipulated target.
“I am happy to announce that we are now commissioning Bududa Nabweya gravity flow scheme that started as early as 2013 by constructing a treatment plant. Now that it is complete, about 1300 households will be connected to the grid,” Mr Kabirizi said.
He explained that his ministry is however over whelmed by the numbers of households that have applied and paid to be connected to the grid saying they have surpassed the original target.
“The initial target plan was to connect about 2000 households to the grid. We have already connected about 1300 but another 1591 households have applied and paid for connection meaning there is a surplus of 910 households initially not planned for in this first phase,” Mr Kabirizi said.
The commissioner of rural water supply and sanitation Mr Joseph Eyatu, said the scheme was designed to serve a population of over 110,000 households in different sub counties of Bududa, Bukigai, Nabweya, Bushiyi Bushiribo, Bulucheke, Bududa hospital in Bududa district and parts of Kaato sub county in Manafwa district.
Mr Moses Bijure, the Manager Eastern Umbrella of water and sanitation announced that his organization shall reduce the connection fee for those intending to do business.
“We are charging a fee on water supply and connection to enable us manage the maintenance works. However, we shall see to it that the cost of taping water from the main line is reduced and affordable to local communities,” Mr Bujure said.
Bududa district LC5 chairperson Mr Wilson Watila on behalf of the beneficiaries hailed government for extending water to Bududa saying it will help solve the water crisis in Bududa hospital that had dragged on for close to a decade now.
He appealed to all those who can afford to get connected to the grid to get clean and safe water to avoid being infected by waterborne diseases as a result of drinking un safe water.
“But I also warn you against vandalizing the scheme’s products especially water pipes, taps and tanks that any if one is got, the law will deal with him or her”, Mr Watila said.