The government in partnership with the German Development Bank are
set to construct a 6 Billion Shillings piped water system in Elegu and Bibia
town councils in Amuru district.
The project seeks to boost water supply in the two town councils
that often struggle to access clean water. The project will have
2, 150 cubic meter water reservoir tanks, 1, 14 stance public latrines, 19
public pit latrines an6 stance Ventilated Improved Pit latrine for institutions
as well as an 18.54km distribution network that will be connected to at least
300 people on a subsidized rate of 50,000 Shillings.
The project which targets 23,322 people by 2041 seeks to provide a
safe, adequate, reliable and accessible water supply, promote and develop
appropriate sanitation facilities as well as improving the health conditions of
the people through the promotion of improved hygiene.
Yusuf Luule, a Senior Engineer with the Ministry of Water and
Sanitation, says that the piped water system will have two production wells
including one of 70 and 60 cubic meters per hour and pumped into the reservoirs
and treated before they are pumped for use to the beneficiaries.
According to Luule, the project will also see two schools
including Bibia and Elegu Primary schools get sanitation facilities for
teachers and learners.
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Luule says that upon completion, the water project will be managed by the North
Umbrella of water and sanitation.
Daniel Comboni Komakech, the Town Clerk Elegu town council says
currently, 42.7% of the households in Elegu don’t have access to sanitation
facilities. He says the project once completed will help save thousands of
people from contracting and suffering from waterborne diseases which is the
Gaetano Idra, a resident of Bibia town council says that they have
struggled to access clean water which in most cases and has been sharing water
sources with animals.
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Michael Lakony, the LCV Chairperson, Amuru district wants 90% of the labourers
to come from within Elegu and Bibia Town councils such that the project is
embraced and owned by the people. He says if not, chances are high that the
local community members might fight the project.
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Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Resident District Commissioner Amuru district says
that the project is timely given the hurdles thousands of people have to
undergo to get clean water and treatment for diseases from taking dirty