Construction works of the 22.8 Billion Shillings water project that is also funded by African Development Bank-ADB through the Water Supply and Sanitation Program Phase II (WSSP II) was expected to be completed in one year.
Stanley Okettayot the water and sanitation engineer working with water for people says the project aims at providing water to improve on community hygiene and sanitation since communities have been attributing poor hygiene to lack of water.
Henry Mutabazi, the Sebwe zone LC I Chairperson, who also doubles as Sebwa Water User’s Association Chairperson, says they formed the association to advocate for the restoration of the river because of degradation.
Midesta Mugisa, the Kigorobya Sub County LC 3 Chairperson, says most of the villages in his area lack clean water sources. He says as a sub county, they are incapacitated to establish more water sources.
The entire village lacked a water source forcing residents to share dirty water sources with animals, putting their lives at risk. The residents also walked for more than 5 kilometres in search for clean and safe water sources.
At least 900 of the 2300 residents on Bufumira have migrated to the nearby sub counties of Bubeke in Kalangala District and Kituntu in Mpigi district. Sylvester Ssemugenyi, the LC I secretary Bufumira island, says currently no boat are allowed to fish.
Dr Callist Tindimugaya, the Commissioner, Water Resources Planning and Regulation says the study expected to begin before the end of the year, will also quantify the amount of water needed to have oil out of the ground.
The mixture is machine pressed into the correct flower pot mould, dried and fired using a traditional ceramic firing kiln. It is built with tiny holes that allow water molecules to pass through, leaving larger harmful dirt and bacteria trapped in the filter. They also have a thin layer of silver nitrate infused within the filter to enhance bacteria removal.
Buhweju District Police Commander Ben Nuwamanya says that the three had encroached on a bigger part of the wetland and turned it into a grazing and farming area. The suspects are now held at Buhweju Police Station.
Innocent Tugume, a resident of Kabarebere town council, says farmers are the most affected by the water crisis. Tugume, who owns a piggery farm, says he uses his motorcycle to fetch water about five kilometers away for his farm, which costs him Shillings 5000 each day
The regional retailer Nakumatt closed three of its Uganda outlets last week but the remaining stores lack basic products, with many empty stalls and fridges, Uganda Radio Network has established. There are no beverages in the Oasis Mall outlet. For instance, buyers cant get a 500-millilitre or 300-millilitre plastic bottle of soda in this outlet. There are less than 50 plastic sodas of two-litre volume remaining in this outlet. When our reporter inquired why there are no beverages, an attendant said, They have not been bringing them sodas and water for about two months. Fridges and stalls in the beverages section are empty.
Experts from the Global Water Partnership say that countries with shared water resources like River Nile need to strengthen their negotiation skills on how to apply international water law whenever disagreements arise over shared water resources.