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Japan-funded Water Project Launched in Kotido Town Council

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Kotido, 7 December, 2012 – More than 24,400 residents of Kotido town council in Karamoja obtained access to clean, safe water following the launch of a modern water facility funded by the Japanese Government, today. The new water facility comprises a 13 kilometre-piped network, 5 public water collection stand posts, a 100 cubic metre tank, a fully-housed 45 KVA generator and 150 private household connections. For some residents, this was the very first time they saw water flow from taps in their houses.

UNICEF Country Representative Dr Sharad Sapra affirmed their commitment to the region in particular and the people of Uganda in general.

"As UNICEF, it is our mandate to ensure that the children and mothers of this country are able to access basic services such as clean and safe water in a healthy environment." Said Dr. Sharad.

He commended the Japanese Government for funding the water expansion project at a cost of UGX 810 million shillings, adding that the project had more than doubled water availability within Kotido town through an additional daily production of up to 156,000 liters of water.

"Access to safe water is very important particularly in Karamoja, where water is scarce. I am very happy that the project funded by Japan will contribute to relieving girls and women of their daily toil of walking a long distance to fetch water. This water supply system will surely improve the quality of life especially for women and children in the region," said Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Kazuo Minagawa.

The facility will benefit several health and administrative offices within the (Kotido) town, most notably Kotido Health Centre IV, two primary schools, the district police station, District Administration and sector offices, as well as small-to-medium size business centres within the town council.

"This water project will ease water deficiency in (Kotido) town by increasing supply time by up to 7 hours and affording over 4,000 households with clean and safe water for their consumption", said John Paul Kedi, District Water Officer for Kotido. 2

"While we are delighted about it, we cannot forget that nearly 26,000 people in trading centres like Rengen and Kanawat are still in dire need of clean water", added Kedi.

Despite achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water earlier this year, water scarcity remains endemic in Karamoja region. Cyclic droughts and sporadic torrential downpours have caused high levels of siltation, making dams difficult to construct in Karamoja and leaving the population largely dependent on scarce underground water, often accessible through boreholes drilled several miles apart.

Beside UNICEF Uganda, other major project partners included Kotido Town Council, Kotido District Water Office, the Ministry of Water and Environment, and Water and Sanitation Development Facility (WSDF).

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For more information, please contact:

Ijuka Agnes Barongo

Communication Officer

UNICEF Uganda

Tel: +256-717171115

Email: abarongo@unicef.org

 

Ms. Kazumi Kawamoto

Coordinator for Economic Cooperation

Embassy of Japan

Tel: +256-750-825-329

Email : kadumi.kawamoto@mofa.go.jp

 

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