ARUA. A newly drilled borehole in Manibe village, Bileafe sub-county, Arua district has saved locals from trekking long distances in search of safe water.

According to Mr Michael Candibale, the Manibe village chairperson, the locals used to fetch water from as far as Ipa primary school, Bapa and nearby valleys but since the inception of the borehole project they are now relieved.

Ms Mercy Ojobiru, a resident said the installation of the borehole has not only reduced the rampant water borne diseases but has also given them time for doing other domestic duties.

“We used to wake up at 3am to go and search for clean water and wait for long time to get a jerrican of water due to the long queues at the source but we are grateful that this problem is now gone,” Ms. Ojobiru said.

Mr Geoffrey Olema, the Bileafe sub-county chairperson said the borehole that was funded by Canadian government has supplemented government efforts to ensure that preventable water borne diseases are eliminated in the communities.

“I want to thank the different NGOs and the government over their support. The district allocates in a financial year one borehole for each sub-county which is inadequate to be distributed for the 32 villages,” Mr Olema stressed.

He assured the locals that they are going to receive more clean water sources since the contractor has already surveyed sites for establishing solar motorized water system, a multimillion project funded by the World Bank to cover other villages in lower Nicu parish where borehole water yield is low.

“By the way, our problem of water is seriously reducing because water pipe line supplied by national water and sewage corporation has reached Ocodri trading centre from Arua town and we have lobbied another borehole from world bank to be motorized to Kaigo area where sinking boreholes was suspended due dry wells,” Olema noted.

He cautioned the beneficiaries to set effective water user committee to manage the water sources so that it gives the government ample time to lobby for more funds to support other communities.

A total of 11 boreholes in the sub-county were sunk with support from NGOs in the last four years and two more will be sunk soon at Oraba Church of Uganda and Simveni village in Adripi parish.