The project, financed by the Government, is to benefit five sub-counties
The long—awaited Kanyampanga gravity flow water scheme in Kanungu district has finally been commissioned in Kihiihi town.
The project, financed by the Government, is to benefit five sub-counties of Kayonza, Kanyantorogo, Kihiihi, Nyanga, Nyakinoni and Kihiihi town councils.
Speaking during the commissioning of the project at Chumbugushu village in Kayonza sub-county on Friday, the director of the Directorate of Water Development, Eng. Aaron Kabirizi, said the project is one of the biggest in which the Government has injected alot money to improve livelihoods of the people in Kanungu district.
Kabirizi apologised for the delay in the project, saying Kanungu it was designed in 2012, but was delayed due to various demands by the locals, which led to its redesigning.
“The biggest challenge we encountered during its start were new demands coming up, leading to a full year of delay,” he said.
Kabirizi also directed the district water officer to ensure quick rehabilitations of the old water systems, which are currently not producing clean water for consumption.
His directive came after the residents of Chumbugushu complained of unsafe tap water.
Kabirizi, however, expressed optimism that the fact that the project is of a gravity flow nature, its operation and maintenance will not be hard.
The assistant commissioner for planning and development in the Ministry of Water and Environment, Eng. Christopher Tumusiime, directed the contractors from SUMMIT and KOL Services to rectify all the problems within the one-year defects liability period.
He said the project, which was targeted to serve the northern part of the Kanungu district will benefit about 550,000 people.
“It has a distribution main of 128.8km, a transmission main of 23.4km, seven reservoir tanks and 650 taps,” he said.
The Kanungu resident district commissioner, Harriet Nakamya, advised the residents to own the project to enhance its sustainability.