A 60-year-old Margret Auma, a grandmother in the village living with 16 children says they are forced to trek more than 6 kilometers of distance to fetch water from a nearby borehole in a neighboring sub-county.
More than 900 residents of Tee-Ladwong village in Patiko Sub
County, Gulu District are in dire
need of clean and safe water.
Several water sources especially shallow wells and spring wells in
the area have either dried up due to the dry season or contaminated by
livestock. The available community boreholes have also broken down and require
60-year-old Margret Auma, a grandmother in the village living with
16 children says they are forced to trek more than 6 kilometers to fetch water
from a nearby borehole in a neighbouring sub-county. She explains that the
family members are now unable to easily access clean water for domestic use
like bathing, washing and cooking. She revealed that some livestock has already
died due to lack of water for drinking.
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The LCI Vice-Chairperson Tee-Ladwong village, James Okot says that clean water
scarcity is now a serious threat to the wellbeing of the residents. He explained
that most residents trek to the neighbouring Owalo and Palaro sub-counties for
Margret Arach, the Patiko Sub County Chairperson says that they have
lobbied for 47 boreholes to be sunk in different villages.
According to Arach, Patiko has at least 65 different water sources
that include shallow wells, springs wells and deep boreholes with their
coverage and functionality rated 77 and 78 per cent.
The Gulu District Water Officer Bosco Kilama, however, revealed
that the current water crisis is not only limited to Patiko. He attributed the
problem largely to poor management of the water sources by the community
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Available information from the District Water Department indicates that clean
water coverage in Gulu stands at 59.2 per cent against the projected target of
80 per cent overall. The District has a total of 692 different water sources
with their functionality standing at 97% as of June 2020.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.