City Hotels Apply To Water Ministry To Drill Boreholes

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Samson Ombogo, the general manager of Fairways Hotel explained that the main objective of asking for borehole permits is to cut costs on water used for gardening.

Some hotels in Kampala have applied to the Ministry of water and environment to grant them permission to drill boreholes in their premises despite the ban by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

According to some of the hotel managers if allowed this will help them to cut the ever increasing costs of water they incur during their operations.
 
Samson Ombogo, the general manager of Fairways Hotel explained that the main objective of asking for borehole permits is to cut costs on water used for gardening.
 
He says the hotel occupies 4 acres of land and has big gardens which require a lot of water to keep the environment green and to avoid plants from drying because using water from National Water and Sewerage Corporation is expensive.
 
Ian Duncan, the general manager of Kampala Sheraton Hotel said it is not about Kampala water being very expensive but sometimes it is not reliable and therefore they need standby boreholes in their premises.
 
He admitted that there are periods where the national water agency has supplies little water but also wondered whether the hotels want to cut costs since they use a lot of water.
 
According to reports from the Ministry of water and environment it is not only the two that have applied to drill boreholes; other hotels such as Africana, Imperial Royal have also applied.
 
But the commissioner water resources planning and regulations in the Ministry of water and environment, Dr. Callist Tindimugaya disclosed that it is not only hotels but the agency managing City Square now Constitutional Square and others in Kololo upscale residential area have also applied for permits to drill boreholes in their respective areas.
 
He said government was studying the proposals case by case, analyzing what is prompting hotels to apply for boreholes permits.

However, Robert Kalumba KCCA deputy spokesperson told URN that Ministry of water cannot give permission to the hotel owners before consulting KCCA because by law it is the authority responsible for development within the city.

He says the ban on drilling of boreholes and use of underground water still stands to avoid the outbreak of diseases such as typhoid and cholera which still remains a big problem in city.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.