Japan-funded water system provides clean water to 6,000 people in Kotido
Kotido, 20 June 2014 – UNICEF, the Government of Uganda and the Government of Japan have completed a solar powered piped water system to supply clean water to over 6,000 people in a parish in Kotido district in north east Uganda.
The project, which cost over 600 million Uganda shillings or $230,000 USD, was implemented by Uganda’s Ministry of Water and Environment and the Kotido District Local Government to provide safe drinking water to a primary school, secondary school, health centre, trading centre and the surrounding community in Kinawat parish, south west of Kotido town.
“Access to safe water is very important particularly in Karamoja, where water is scarce," said the Deputy Ambassador of the Embassy of Japan in Uganda, Mr. Yutaka Nakamura, during the launch of the Japanese-funded project. "I am particularly happy that this project will relieve girls and women of their daily toil of walking a long distance to fetch water.”
Under the project, two boreholes with submersible pumps to collectively discharge 7,500 litres per hour were constructed. A pump house, 42 solar panels and a back-up generator were installed for each of the two water sources.
The project also provided nearly three kilometres of transmission pipeline from the boreholes to the reservoir tank and over four kilometres of distribution pipeline to ensure access to safe water to all throughout the community.
According to Uganda’s first Child Poverty and Deprivation report that was released by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development this month, while Uganda has in the past 10 years registered a substantial improvement in the proportion of children with access to safe water, 36% of children across Uganda still walk more than one hour every day to fetch water, which is a key deprivation that many of the 55% of young Ugandan children living in poverty experience.
“Thanks to the financial support from the Government of Japan and other donors such as DFID, we are able to ensure that more of Uganda's poorest and most deprived children are now able to access safe drinking water" said Ms. Aida Girma, UNICEF's Representative in Uganda. "We are deeply grateful for all of the support from our donors, as we are tangibly improving the prospects of thousands of the most marginalized Ugandan children to survive, grow up healthy, and, ultimately, have a better life."
While launching the project, the First Lady of the Republic of Uganda and Minister of Karamoja Affairs, Hon. Janet Museveni, expressed her gratitude to the Government of Japan and UNICEF for supporting the project. She further thanked them for working closely with the Government to ensure the people of Karamoja, especially children and women, have access to services that are vital to life. She encouraged the Kinawat community to ensure its proper maintenance.
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