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Lira District Receives UGX 17 Billion for Piped Water Expansion

The project will involve upgrading the network system, extending water to more villages, improving the infrastructure like pipelines, reservoirs, booster pumps and establishing motorized pump schemes in areas where piped water cannot reach.

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Lira district has received 17 Billion Shillings to help expand piped water supply to more villages.

Eng. Gerazio Tukahirwa, the Area Senior Engineer, National Water and Sewerage Corporation -NWSC says that the funding is earmarked under the 100 percent Water Service Coverage and Acceleration Project -SCAP100, which was launched early in the week.

He says the 3-year project is aimed at expanding piped water to an additional 40 villages in Liar district by 2020. Across the county, the project intends to extend water coverage to more 12, 000 villages, targeting 8.5 million people in 80 districts.

Tukahirwa says currently National Water and Sewerage Corporation is serving 300 villages in Lira with a total population of about 160,000. The project targets to increase the number to at least 400,000 people connected to the Water grid.

The project will involve upgrading the network system, extending water to more villages, improving the infrastructure like pipelines, reservoirs, booster pumps and establishing motorized pump schemes in areas where piped water cannot reach.

Tukahirwa says they will construct another water reservoir with a capacity of 1 million liters (100 cubic meters) at the Lorry Park, construct at least two Public Stand Pipes in each of the benefiting villages in the district and construct another lagoon for the sewerage system.

 

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He explained that the latest development will bring a lasting solution to the water stress currently being faced in the district.

He said much as the piped water coverage stands at 68 percent in Lira, many people especially those living in high elevated areas within town centers are still unable to get water or receive inadequate water supply because of low pressure.

Tukahirwa partly blames this on the growing population coupled with the old piped water system that was constructed 35 years ago.

 

 

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Lira district, which pumps its water from Lake Kwania in Apac district, is currently served with the only 6,000 litters capacity reservoir located in Ireda. 

Richard Okello Kali, a resident of Lira town says the project comes in handy because residents are struggling to access safe and clean water.

 

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Walter Opota, the Secretary for Finance, Lira Municipal Council says the project is a welcome initiative in addressing water challenges in the Municipality. Opota says the municipal council has already allocated land measuring 15 X 15 Meters for the new water reservoirs at the Lorry Park.

 

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Silver Mugisha, the Managing Director NWSC says as at June 2016, NWSC was in 175 towns, 15, 500 villages covering 400 sub counties in 62 districts. He says with SCAP 100, NWSC plans to ensure that 10, 609 villages and 7.7 million people will be added to the pipped water grid o allow them have access to safe water by 2020.

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