Busia County Embarks On Kemodo Water Supply Pipeline Extension

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By Reuben Olita

The County Government of Busia through the Department of Water, Environment, Irrigation and Natural Resources today commenced the Kemodo Water Supply pipeline extension that will benefit about 3000 residents of Ochude Location in Teso South Sub County.

Acting Water Executive, Dr Moses Osia who kick started the laying of the 3 inch pipes said the target areas upon completion of the exercise will be Ochude market, Ochude Primary, Ochude Dispensary, St Peter’s Ojaamong Secondary, St Lawrence Ojaamong Primary and households.

The CECM said the water whose source is Busia Mundika Water Supply is pumped into 50,000L elevated steel tank at Kemodo market which will subsequently be distributed to homes via gravity. The distance of the pipes from the mainline along Korinda-Nambale road is 3.4 kilometres, ” Dr Osia said, urging residents of Ochude to apply for water which will be managed by Busia Water and Sewerage Company (BUWASCO).

Dr Osia said the County Government responded to cries from residents by undertaking pipeline extensions, urging them to pay for water to avoid disconnections and subsequently blaming the County Government.

Chief Officer Water and Irrigation Upper Region, Hellen Mukanda said the department has many plans of providing water to households, noting that the target is to have water reach most public utilities and households.

The Chief Officer said the main objective ofó the department is to expand storage to allow many people have access to clean and safe drinking water, noting that over 500 boreholes have been drilled across the county. She urged county residents to conserve the environment by planting at least 10 trees.

BUWASCO Managing Director, Eng Erick Ojiambo Nakitari through technical director, Collins Oduori, said a similar project linking Otimong and Ochude is ongoing with escavation and laying of pipelines, adding that a total of 2km have so far been trenched.

Eng Ojiambo urged consumers to take care of projects to ensure they are not vandalized, telling them to pay monthly bills to guarantee the projects are sustained.

Acting Director Water, Juma Mulika said funds were set aside in the 2020/2021 financial year with water fed into it from the Busia Mundika water supply while operations officer Alfayo Kihima said the Kemodo tank is linked to a pipe that pumps 2500L of water per minute, and it takes 20 minutes to fill the tank.

Director, Community Empowerment Development Centre (CEDC), Francis Namuju said since installation of a pipeline linking Mundika Water scheme in 2010 and which passes along the road 5m from their offices, water has remained a challenge, but there is now light at the end of the tunnel.

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