More than 10,000 residents in Dokolo District are facing a severe
shortage of clean water after several water sources were flooded.
30 out of 212 water sources have been submerged by floods caused by the rising water levels of Lake Kwania.
In Adeknino Sub County, 7 boreholes are not accessible because the
whole area is flooded. The other affected sub-counties include Kwera, Agwata
Lilly Anyara, a resident of Bata Island in Adeknino Sub County says
that all the wells in the area have been contaminated which has affected the water
supply. She says that they have no option
but to fetch water from dirty sources.
//Cue in “Moro onwongo tye…
Cue out: … bedo ba nam.”//
Benson Ongom, a resident of Kwera Sub County says they are
currently fetching water from an open well located in another sub-county which
requires them to cross the flooded road to access water for domestic use.
//Cue in: “Pii pe acalo…
Cue out: … otye odokoro pii.”//
Quintos Opio, the Dokolo District Water Officer explained that
despite the flooding of water sources, other areas especially those surrounding
the lake shores have saline water which is not safe for consumption.
//Cue in: “About 30 water sources…
Cue out: … it compromises a lot.”//
He says the District is considering establishing a high volume
motorized well to supply water to the affected areas.
//Cue in: “As a district…
Cue out: …around their courtyards.”//
James Otto, the District LCV Chairperson says the intervention
might not come in handy because the District does not have the funds for the motorized
well. He says that the district needs more than 200 Million Shillings.