Mayuge District Gets Piped Water Supply

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Some residents had to travel a return journey of 16 kilometers to fetch safe water. But now, the new project under the National Water and Sewerage Cooperation-NWSC will end such days of agony.

Government has commissioned the construction of a piped water supply project in Mayuge district bringing a ray of hope in the lives of thousands of residents who had no access to clean water over the years.

Mayuge is one of the districts that have suffered water scarcity arising out of broken boreholes as well as drying springs and wetlands. Some residents had to travel a return journey of 16 kilometers to fetch safe water.  But now, the new project under the National Water and Sewerage Cooperation-NWSC will end such days of agony.

The new project will be built to ensure that adequate clean water supply is extended to at least 100,000 dwellers, NWSC data indicates.

According to the Uganda Demographic Health Survey, 2011, only 1 in 10 rural households in Uganda have access to piped water, Meantime, less than half (44 percent) of rural households in Uganda get their drinking water from a borehole.  It is this lack of access to clean and safe water that compromises basic hygiene practices within families, exposing them to water and sanitation-related diseases like diarrhea and cholera which rank high as major killers of children.

Betty Bigombe, the State minister for commissioned the long awaited project and tasked constructors to work according to the design and interact with the district officials to avoid obstacles that might emerge in the future.\

She is optimistic that the project which involves building a water system to areas where there has been no pipe network will not only improve accessibility of water to all dwellers but, will enable communities to have ready access and utilization of clean and safe water.

Cue in….Work according to the design..//
Cue out…we will be able to address.//
 
Bigombe also cautions against the rampant destruction of wet lands, lake shores and forests. She notes that significant pressure exerted on the natural resources from the increasing population numbers is exposing the country to effects of global warming and climate change.

Cue in…….climate change and destruction of forests
Cue Out…….in the program of prosperity for all..//
 
Andrew Mbiiro, A water and Sanitation Specialist at African Development Bank is optimistic that such initiative will boost the economic activities in the area. He asks leaders to sensitize the community so that the targets in the 128 million dollar project are duly achieved.

Cue in …… Uganda is set to benefit
Cue out…..an additional commitment//

About 1.1 billion people the world over cannot access safe drinking water, and still 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation, according to UN reports.

And because of this massive sanitation figure, 1.8 million people die every year from diarrheal diseases, including 90% of children under the age of five.