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
Kaberebere town council in Isingiro town council is a battling a serious water crisis. National Water and Sewerage Corporation only supplies water to the town council twice a week during night hours. Currently, a jerrican of water costs between Shillings 1500 and 2000. Some of the residents who can't afford the hiked water fee trek long distances in search of water.
Allen Busingye runs a restaurant in Kabarebere town council. Busingye says she now spends between Shillings 200,000 - 250,000 each month on water compared to the past where she would only Shillings 50,000 on her water bill. She says the absence of water is not only costly but also time wasting as they have to trek long distances in search of water.
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.
He says at this rate he spends Shillings 150,000 a month compared to Shillings 30,000 he was spending on water. Patrick Kajumba the Kaberebere town council LC III Chairperson, says the water crisis is posing serious challenges to residents.
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Kajumba says that the area only receives water at midnight for about two to three days a week.
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Emanuel Ekanya, the NWSC Manager for Mbarara area, says not only Kaberebere is facing the water crisis, but all areas under the Mbarara area.
He says currently they are concentrating on boasting water supply to Mbarara municipality. He however, says plans are underway to sink boreholes to boost the water pumped from river Rwizi.
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NWSC requires 13 million liters of water daily to serve Mbarara and the surrounding townships but can only manage to pump 9 million liters.