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New Water Project Brings Ray of Hope to Rubirizi

The water scheme, valued at 500 million Shillings mainly targets the community around River Kyambura, who were exposed to poor quality water due to silting. The community previously shared water sources with animals.
24 Mar 2019 12:54
Locals and leaders open one of the tap stands in the area
More than 2000 people will now have access to clean and safe water, thanks to a new scheme funded as part of the Kyambura Small Hydro Project.

The water scheme, valued at 500 million Shillings mainly targets the community around River Kyambura, who were exposed to poor quality water due to silting. The community previously shared water sources with animals.

Kyambura small Hydro power project is implemented by ZIBA (U) limited, a company of Sri Lankan origin in Partnership with Uganda to develop a 7.6 megawatts dam on the rive Kyambura.   

The water project, feeding from the dam site, has been built with a solar powered water pump, a 50000-liter concrete tank, a standby generator and 4.3 kilometers pipeline with 8 public taps.

Rubirizi district chairperson Sylvester Aguba says that the locals in the area were struggling to get access to clean and safe water. He adds that the district council has now  committed to set aside 75 million Shillings every financial year to maintain the project  which has been handed over to them.    

 Rubirizi district water officer Frank Nyerinde says that water user committees have been put in place to ensure that the project is protected from vandals and irresponsible users.     

Francis Bitambo, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner for Rubirizi says that the project is a relief to the community and the district Which would find it hard to spend 500 million Shillings in one area. 

Upil Punto, one of the Directors at ZIBA Uganda limited revealed that the move is part of the company’s social corporate responsibility to ensure that people in the area, where they operate benefit from the projects they host.

Wilson Biremire, one of the locals benefiting from the project welcomes the project which he says will not only help them access water, but also eradicate diseases.

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