Bugiri gets funds for water project
Posted Thursday, March 14 2013 at 02:00
The Shs900m grant from a US humanitarian organisation comes amid cases of water diseases.
About 70,000 residents in Bugiri Town Council will no longer have to worry about increasing cases of waterborne diseases or part with Shs700 for a 20-litre jerrycan of water.
This is after Eco International, a US-based humanitarian organisation, offered the town a Shs900m grant to refurbish its water works department.
Addressing journalists in Bugiri Town on Monday, the director of Eco International, Mr Thomas Benke, said the project, which will commence next month, will be completed within six months.
The project will see the establishment of a water tank, a reservoir, laying new pipes and installation of a standby generator.
The town’s water pipes ran dry two years ago when a private firm, Jowa Engineering Ltd, which used to supply water to the town under a private arrangement, pulled out and relocated to Tororo District amid talk of serious losses.
Residents have been relying on cyclists to collect for them water from boreholes, wells and springs from nearby villages.