Oil operators Total E&P Uganda has facilitated a Water and Sanitation project that includes the construction of eight Girls’ VIP latrines in Bugungu and Ngwedo secondary schools and rehabilitation of ten community water sources in Buliisa district. The VIP latrines for girls were constructed after conducting a needs assessment and it was discovered that girls were sharing facilities with boys in schools. The cost of the project was Shs.240m.
“Total E&P Uganda, in partnership with Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI) and Buliisa district local government have undertaken this initiative in a bid to improve sanitary conditions and provide clean and safe water to the community and students of the project areas,” a statement by Chris Ocowun, the Public Relations Officer Total E& P Uganda states.
“Through project, we have rehabilitated eight boreholes in Kigwera and Ngwedo sub counties and two others at Bugungu and Ngwedo secondary schools to provide safe and clean water to the community and students of the two schools.
We have also contributed towards improving functionality of community water sources by undertaking refresher trainings for the water user management committees as well as the hand pump mechanic associations,” adds the statement.
Buliisa is among Uganda’s water stressed districts, with communities often trekking long distances to access safe and clean water. As a result, communities have sometimes opted for Lake Albert water, which is not clean and safe for consumption. Lack of clean and safe water explains the regular cholera outbreaks in the oil-rich district.
Total E&P Uganda Limited is the Operator of Oil Exploration Area 1 and 1A) in the Albertine Graben.