UGANDA: China’s Zhonghao wins contract for Busia water and sanitation project

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UGANDA: China's Zhonghao wins contract for Busia water and sanitation project©P.Pengsopha/Shutterstock

The Busia Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Uganda will be implemented by Zhonghao Overseas Construction Engineering Company. The information was unveiled recently by Uganda's Minister of Water and Environment, Sam Cheptoris.

The Busia Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Uganda is on track. On April 28th, 2021, Uganda’s Minister of Water and Environment, Sam Cheptoris, announced the name of the company that will carry out the work in this district, located in the Eastern Region of Uganda.

The Zhonghao Ooverseas Cconstruction Engineering Company will install a water intake in Lake Victoria in the Busia district of Eastern Uganda. The pumped raw water will be transported through a pipeline to a drinking water plant to be built in Majanji sub-county in Busia. Zhonghao Ooverseas construction Engineering Company will also build an additional elevated storage tank with a capacity of 1,720 m3 at Dabani.

The Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment, which is implementing and developing the project, says that the entire drinking water facility will improve service to the people of Busia district, thereby reducing the death rate from waterborne diseases (dysentery, cholera, typhoid and diarrhoea). According to Dickson Wamaena, the Busia District Deputy Health Officer, “Between December 2019 and March 2020, 212 cases of dysentery were recorded. Between April and June 2020, 299 cases of typhoid were recorded in the same locality,” said Dickson Wamaena, Busia’s Deputy District Health Officer in 2020.

In addition to the supply of drinking water, the current project will allow for the development of agriculture. The water produced will also be used for irrigation. The water produced will also be used to irrigate a refinery in Alupe and an agro-processing plant under construction in Solo Village, also in Uganda, as well as to supply water to the Zhonghao Overseas plant.

The project will last 6 years

The Busia water supply and sanitation project is part of Uganda’s ongoing Integrated Water Management and Development Programme (IWMDP). The sanitation component of the Busia project will improve faecal sludge management in the district. Zhonghao Ooverseas Construction Engineering Company will also build, among other things, public toilets with eight stations in Busia to reduce open defecation. The Chinese company will deliver the entire project in six years, according to the terms of its contract.

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The World Bank is supporting the project with a budget of about 14 million dollars, or 50 billion Ugandan shillings.

Inès Magoum

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