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Minister launches 4.7 billion Karago water project

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By Musa Polite

18th Sept 2022

State minister for water Hon. Aisha Sekindi has today launched phase II of Karago piped water supply and sanitation system that will serve over 21 villages of the former Karago town council in north division Fort Portal city.

Ministry of water and environment through water and sanitation development facility south west entered into a memorandum of understanding with Karago community to implement a water supply and sanitation system and phase I where water was tapped from national water in Kabundaire to a reserver on mountains of the moon hill was completed and handed over on 13th October 2021.

The phase II 4.7 billion project sponsored by government of Uganda through ministry of water and environment has been contracted by Vidas engineering services company limited for a period of 12 months to build a 100,000 liter water tank, lay pipes into different places, build booster tanks at Karago and Mabaale among others.

Eng. Ivan Nuwandiinda from ministry of water and environment told journalists that the water system is estimated to last for 20 years until 2044 with a capacity of serving a population of 28000 in the 21 villages that make up 4 wards that formed the former Karago town council.

According to Eng. Nuwandiinda, the ministry will connect the first 400 people at a promotional price of 100,000UGX then after; a negotiable price will be set for the remaining, adding that since all people can’t afford connecting water in their homes, the ministry will set up 15 public tap stands at different sites for all of the people to access water at a subsidized price.

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Joseph Mashuhuko, mayor Fort Portal north division noted with concern the rate at which natural resources are being encroached on, leaving water sources dried up hence calling upon ministry of water and environment to come and stop the vice.

Asaba Edison Ruyonga, Fort Portal city mayor implored the ministry of water to permit NGO’s extend WASH services to rural cities like north division, adding that non government organizations are willing to extend a helping hand to Fort Portal city but the law doesn’t allow them to work in urban, which to him has left other places where water has not been extended in pain.

In her communication, the state minister for water Hon. Sekindi pledged to take up the Bukuku gravity flow scheme to extend clean water to the people of Bukuku and Kiguma to completely solve water scarcity in the division.

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