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DFID, UNICEF Launch USD250,000 Safe Water Supply Project in Moroto

KAMPALA, April 13, 2013 – A USD 250,000 water supply project was today launched by the UK Government (DFID) and UNICEF in Moroto Municipality, Karamoja sub-region, as part of ongoing efforts to provide clean, safe water to families in the region.

The water supply project, whose renovation begun in April 2012, was extended to ensure adequate clean water supply to the 14,000 people residing in Moroto Municipality - the biggest urban setting in the Karamoja sub-region – by providing an hourly production rate of 41,000 litres through three water sources daily.

However, the current per-capita water supply of 29 litres is expected to improve to 35 litres when a fourth water source is installed. The expanded water system will benefit many more residents in the area, following rehabilitation of the existing pipe network, expansion to areas with previously no piped water network, as well as through increased private household connections and public tap stands.

Lack of access to clean and safe water limits the available drinking water, and compromises basic hygiene practices within families, exposing them to water and sanitation-related diseases like diarrhoea and cholera which rank high as major killers of children.

In addition, this water project is expected to improve accessibility of water to all dwellers through rehabilitation of the existing pipe network, expansion of the water system to areas where there has been no pipe network, increase private household connections and public stands to enable communities in Moroto have ready access and utilization of clean and safe water.

The UNICEF Representative in Uganda, Dr Sharad Sapra, noted that providing access to clean and safe water remained one of UNICEF’s key priorities to reduce water and sanitation-related illnesses that kill people, especially children below the age of five years old.

“This improved facility is not only a clean and safe water source that will ensure that children and their families are kept free from disease, it is also within reasonable walking distances that will drastically reduce the burden of fetching water from long distances especially for girls and women,” said Dr Sapra said.

Only 1 in 10 rural households in Uganda have access to piped water, according to the Uganda Demographic Health Survey, 2011. Meantime, less than half (44 percent) of rural households in Uganda get their drinking water from a borehole. In Karamoja, access is even lower than other regions in Uganda, with water coverage as low as 27 percent in Kaabong, 15 percent in Amudat, 45 percent in Kotido, 37 percent in Moroto and 47 percent in Nakapiripirit. In the remaining districts, water coverage is at less than half (48 percent) in Napak and 88 percent in Abim Districts compared to the national average of 65 percent, according to the Sector Performance Report for 2012. Relatedly, sanitation coverage is between 2% and 15.6% for 6 of the 7 districts of Karamoja compared to the national average of 70%.

The Moroto District Water Officer, Musa Wasswa, noted that the inadequate water supply in the district provides challenges in ensuring that communities have ready access to safe and clean water in their homes.

“Interventions aimed at improving water, sanitation and hygiene practices, such as that supported by UNICEF with funding from UK Aid (DFID), offer an opportunity to increase water coverage," said Wasswa.


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For further information, please contact:

Proscovia Nakibuuka Mbonye, Communication Officer, UNICEF Uganda Country Office, Kampala,

Office Tel: +256 417 171 000; Mobile +256-772-480986; email: pnakibuuka@unicef.org

 

 
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