Ugandans benefit from new water pumps

10 November 2010

Up to 7,000 individuals in Masafu, Uganda will benefit from improved water infrastructure thanks to new pumps.

It is all part of a $3.2 million (£2 million) programme that is being funded by a grant from the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid.

Such was the severity of the situation that before the improvements were introduced the Masafu primary school could only run a tap for two hours a day.

The water pumps will be maintained by a regional umbrella organisation and it is hoped the fall in females having to search for water may also improve their security.

"You see women and girls ... going further and further distances to look for them and this exposes them to a lot of risks in areas where there are conflicts," said Rose Munyira, the district's woman member of parliament.

It comes after it was announced three projects, totalling $100 million in cost, will be carried out by Royal Boskalis Westminster NV to improve water infrastructure in Africa.

Category: Water

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