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Sh22.8b project to enhance water supply in Kagadi

By Ismael Kasooha

Added 23rd June 2019 08:52 AM

The project is expected to enhance the provision of safe water supply and sanitation facilities to Kagadi, Muhorro, and Kyenzige town councils, once completed.

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Engineer Paul Kato showing Ronald Kibuule, the state minister water,the production well that will supply water for the Kagadi piped water project (Photo by Ismael Kasooha Kagadi)

The project is expected to enhance the provision of safe water supply and sanitation facilities to Kagadi, Muhorro, and Kyenzige town councils, once completed.

SAFE WATER
 
KAGADI-The minister of state for water Ronald Kibuule has directed the contractors of the Kagadi multi-billion piped water project to complete works by December 2019.
 
“This project is behind schedule and we shall not allow any further delays. Ensure all the works are complete as per the stipulated time,” said Kibuule.
 
In December last year, the Ministry of Water and Environment handed over the construction site to Samcrete Engineers and Contractors, an Egyptian company, to undertake the construction works of the sh22.8b piped water supply system project.
 
The project is expected to enhance the provision of safe water supply and sanitation facilities to Kagadi, Muhorro, and Kyenzige town councils, once completed.
 
The project is jointly funded by the government of Uganda and African Development Bank (ADB) through the Water Supply and Sanitation Program Phase II (WSSP II) and was expected to be completed in one year.
 
Kibuule said  ADB released funds in time saying that there is no reason as why the project should not be completed as scheduled.
 
Kibuule asked the people of Kagadi and wherever the project will be implemented to allow the contractor carry on works and they should not expect any compensation.
 
He said the water pipes are passing through the road reserves so the public should not expect any compensation from the government.
 
He added that when the water pipes go through someone’s land its value appreciates so they should look at this as an opportunity to develop further.
 
Kibuule challenged the people who will benefit from the water project to use the water to create more businesses and also improve on sanitation and hygiene in homes and places of work.
 
“The piped water comes with many opportunities so please prepare to tap into them to improve your household incomes, hygiene and sanitation,” said Kibuule.
 
Engineer Paul Kato, the Manager of Water and Sanitation Development Facility-Central, programme said the project includes the construction of a Pumphouse, operator house and two office blocks with four public toilets to promote sanitation.
 
Kagadi district is one of the districts in Bunyoro region facing challenges of clean water coverage.
 
Most of the residents fetch water from swamps and unclean water wells, putting their lives at risk of contracting diseases.
 
Kato said currently works have surpassed 7% and the speed at which the contractor is working is steadily increasing.
 
Janepher K. Mbabazi the Kagadi district Woman Member of Parliament said as leaders they are prioritizing environmental conservation to ensure such projects do not turn into white elephants in future.
 
She commended the NRM government for fulfilling its promises made to the people during the 2016 presidential campaigns.

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