Residents of Bulegeni Town Council in Bulambuli District, who have been sharing water sources with animals for decades, are relieved following the completion of the Shs4.9 billion gravity water scheme in the district.
The scheme, which started in 2016, is scheduled to be commissioned in March to benefit more than 800 households.
Government established the scheme after residents and local leaders decried the lack of access to clean water, saying most of the sub-counties had unprotected springs which they shared with animals.
Mr Johnson Wafuba, the Town Clerk, said the contractor is doing final works before they hand over the scheme, adding that more than 560 people have already paid for connection.
Mr Wafuba said the project delayed due to land conflicts with the community.
Mr Lawrence Wadada, the chief administrative officer, said since the district is hard to reach, they needed the gravity flow scheme.
“We commend government for the scheme because in such mountainous areas, it is hard to dig boreholes,” he said.
Mr Wadada urged residents to protect the scheme from vandalism.
Mr George Alito, an official from the Ministry of Water and Environment, said the scheme is targeting to serve more than 3,000 households.
Mr Stephen Mwanga, the LC3 chairperson of Bulegeni Town Council, lauded government for the project, adding that water will also be extended to all health centres and schools.
The district has 25 health centres but only Muyembe Health Centre IV and Buginyanya Centre III have access to water.
Those that do not have water include Namisuni, Sisiyi, Kamu, Bulegeni, Muyembe and Bulambui, among others.
Residents speak out
Ms Justine Mwambu, a resident of Didimwa Village in Namisuni Sub-county, said they used to trek six kilometres in search of water. “We have been going through a lot of pain to fetch water, especially during the dry season when some of the streams dry up,” she said. Ms Susan Kawuka, a resident of Bulegeni Town Council, said her children used to fall sick often due to drinking contaminated water. “My son almost missed last year’s exams because of a running stomach, he had acute diarrhoea, but now I believe with the availability of clean water, my children will no longer fall sick,” she said.
Mr Ivan Buweya, a farmer from Gubale Village in Namisuni Sub-county, said the scheme will enable them practice irrigation farming.