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Omoro District to Benefit from UGX 650M Solar Powered Tap Water System

Okello disclosed that only 60% of the population in the district have access to clean water because more than 128 boreholes in the district are not functioning.

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Omoro district will benefit from a solar powered tap water system worth six hundred and fifty million shillings.

The facility is being constructed at Uvola Sub ward in Lapainat Parish Koro Sub County with support from Ministry of Water and Environment under the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department.

Construction works commenced on August 7th after handover of the 40x40 meter piece of land to Zhonghao Overseas Construction Company Limited that have been contracted to undertake the works.

Douglas Peter Okello Okao, the Omoro district chairperson told Uganda Radio Network - URN that the support came following the district's request to the Ministry of Water to improve access to clean water in the area.

Okao disclosed that only 60% of the population in the district have access to clean water because more than 128 boreholes in the district are not functioning.

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He added that the district requires at least 1.8 billion shillings to repair the broken boreholes. Florence Acen, the Acting Omoro district deputy Chief Administrative Officer says that once completed the water system will reach out to more than 5000 residents of Lapainat Parish.

Susan Akany, the Omoro Resident District Commissioner says that the assistance has come at a time when the population are in much need for clean water. She however warned the contractor against doing shoddy work citing that the district won’t hesitate to terminate their contract once implicated.

David Mwesigye, the Zhonghao Overseas Construction Company Limited Engineer disclosed that the construction works will last four months since some materials are already being shipped in the country.

He explains that the 3 kilowatts solar system will be able to pump 70,000 litres of water per day from its reservoir dam that will be constructed at Lapainat Primary School.

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Santos Kizza, a resident who freely offered land for the construction said he felt the much need for clean water in the area. Once completed, the tap water will be connected to eight public institutions in the area including Koro Sub County headquarters, Lapainat Primary, Koro Orthodox and Pentecost Churches among others.

Residents will also be allowed to pay minimum amount to tap the water and connect to their homes and pay tariffs of 50 shillings for a 20 litre Jerry can of water.