Ntungamo- More than 11,000 residents in Nyakyera and Ntungamo sub-counties in Ntungamo District have received safe clean water.
The scheme will serve nine villages and six trading centres, including 17 education, religious and health institutions.
They will be served by Kataraka Gravity Flow Scheme constructed by Living Water International.
While commissioning the project at Kataraka parish headquarters on Tuesday, the First Lady, also the Minister for Education and Sports, Ms Janet Museveni, said she initiated the project when she was still Ruhaama County MP after seeing the challenges families were facing especially the disease burden as a result of using dirty water.
Made it possible
“When I became an MP, I found a big challenge of access to clean water in this district. We tried to look for funds for availing clean and safe water to the communities in vain, until I approached my Living Water International friends, who accepted to render a hand. I am now here to give a testimony that my prayers were answered,” Ms Museveni said.
Ms Museveni challenged leaders to always prioritise access to safe and clean water because it’s key to development and social transformation of communities.
The Ntungamo District chairperson, Ms Denis Singahache, said the residents have for decades been depending on unclean water, which has also been scarce especially during the dry seasons.
“This project has come with several benefits; farmers will be more productive due to availability of water for production, people will no longer spend money on treating water-borne diseases and women and girls who met challenges like rape as they walked long distances for water will be relieved,” Mr Singahache said.
The Living Water International country director, Mr Bernard Mooya Kachiko, raised concern that whereas they are doing charity work, they are hindered by taxes on equipment for such projects.
“There are several profit-making companies in this country exempted from taxes yet they take all profits to their home countries. For us, we are non-profit making and all our investments complement development of this country,” Mr Kachiko said.
Mr Kachiko said they will carry out sensitisation against open defecation which has been a normal practice in the community.