May 8, 2012, 2:33 PM
The project, costing more than D3 million, is being financed by Diabugu Sumpu Kafo, an association of natives of Diabugu Batapa, both at home and abroad.The project entails solar water pumps, solar panels, borehole and 4x5000 litre water tanks.
Dembo Juwara, chairman of Diabugu Sumpu Kafo Gambia Chapter, said the project is expected to be completed in “few days’ time”.
Upon completion, more than 220 compounds are earmarked to be provided with safe clean drinking water.
Ansumana Drammeh, chairman of Diabugu Batapa village development committee, said the first borehole at the village was constructed by the government more than 20 years ago.
“The population of the village has been growing and some taps had been damaged meaning there is shortage of water while demand is high,” he said.“This is why we came up with the idea for each one to contribute a certain amount of money to establish a water project.”
Mr Drammeh said when the project is completed, there will be certain agreed amount that each tap head should pay at the end of every month and the moneys will be deposited in a bank for the maintenance of the water facility in case of any damage.
Fatou Drammeh, speaking on behalf of women of the village, said they have been encountering difficulties in getting safe drinking water for their households, adding that the coming of the water project will make life easier for them.
Jallow, the villagers.project plumber, said quality materials are being used in
the project to ensure that the water facilities last long to provide quality
drinking water for