Excitement on Tuesday gripped residents of Nyakyera and Ntungamo Sub counties in Ntungamo district after First Lady Janet Museveni commissioned a safe water project in their area.
For long, area residents have endured using water from ponds and Ms Museveni said while still Ruhama MP, she decided to look for funds for the water scheme.
“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 safe and 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 at Kataraka parish headquarters.
Ms Museveni challenged leaders to always prioritize access to safe and clean water because it’s key to development and social transformation of communities.
Ntungamo LCV Chairperson Denis Singahache said the residents have for decades have been depending on dirty water and it always dried up during 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 diarrhea diseases and women and girls who met challenges like rape as they walked long distances for water will be relieved,” Mr Singahache said.
The Kataraka Gravity Flow Scheme was constructed by Living Water International at cost of $ 250,000 (about) Shs 920m.
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 and borehole materials.
“They are several profit-making companies in this country who are 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.
He added that the project will also improve sanitation and hygiene by ensuring residents have latrine facilities. Mr Kachiko said they will carry out sensitization against open defecation which has been a normal practice in the community.
The scheme will serve nine villages and six trading centers including 17 education, religious and health