Acholi sub-region – Uganda Breweries Limited [UBL] on Monday commissioned and handed over 16 boreholes to sorghum farming community of Agago, Omoro, Gulu and Nwoya districts in Acholi sub-region. The boreholes were drilled at shilling 480 million.
While handing over the boreholes at Rom village, Koro sub-county in Omoro district, Uganda Breweries Limited Corporate affairs manager, David Onyango says the water point is to provide safe drinking water to the community of the area.
The community have been facing water crisis especially during dry season which normally dries off.
According to Onyango, the boreholes will change people’s lives completely and improve sanitation and ecological safety.
Lamwaka Koska, 29, and a resident of Pece-Acoyo in Omoro district said that they use to trek about 1km looking for clean water from the borehole. She says sometimes they fetch from a private home at a cost.
“We have never had any safe drinking water before in this area. I appreciate UBL for the establishment of this borehole,” joyous Lamwaka said.
Ongom Alfred – the Local Council One chairperson of Rom village called for more support to the community of Rom village which he says is highly populated with only two boreholes.
“There are still large communities in different part of Rom village which still need more boreholes,” Mr Ongom requested.
Wadok Francis Awori – the Koro LC5 councilor who represented the Omoro LC5 chairperson said that the establishment of the boreholes in the district has helped to increase safe and clean drinking water points within the district.
Wadok directed water source committee to ensure water surrounding is always clean and timely maintenance done on the boreholes to maintain its efficiency.
The boreholes are expected to benefit more than 4,800 people in the above districts in Acholi sub-region.