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Kyegegwa Needs UGX 10BN to Tackle Water Problem

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The Kyegegwa District Water Engineer, Christopher Katusabe, says safe water coverage in the district stands at 30 per cent with most residents still walking a distance of up to 10 kilometers in search of water.
19 Mar 2019 19:57
A 20-liter jerrycan costs 1,000 shillings from most parts of water-streesed Kyegegwa district, an amount the residents say is too high and want government to intervene and extend water to the district.

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Kyegegwa district needs at least Shillings 10 billion to tackle the wide challenge of water scarcity. 

The Kyegegwa District Water Engineer, Christopher Katusabe, says safe water coverage in the district stands at 30 per cent with most residents still walking a distance of up to 10 kilometers in search of water.   

   

Katusabe notes that the major cause of water scarcity is the very low table, which has barred them from using water springs and gravity schemes that would have been cheaper alternatives.   

He observes that they currently receive Shillings 460 million each financial year to sink boreholes, which is too little to make any impact.

  Katusabe says they need at least Shillings 10 billion to put in place a number of production boreholes, which have capacity to serve many areas and at a low cost.

  He says currently it takes them about four years to complete one production borehole because of the meager funding.   

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  Residents in some of the water-stressed sub counties like Ruyonza, Rwentuha, Kigambo, Kasule and Mpara among others, say water scarcity is one of the major challenges they have to grapple with daily. 

  They add that a few rich individuals who are able to have tap water over charge them for a single Jerry can. 

For instance, James Ainganiza from Kasule Sub County says that a Jerry can of 20 liters of tap water costs 500Shillings, adding that sometimes it can go to Shillings 1,000 during dry spells.   

 

Ainganiza wants government to intervene and extend water to their households.    

Collins Murungi from Mpara Sub County notes that during the dry season, most taps and boreholes dry up, which forces them to hire bicycles and motorcycles to fetch water from distant water sources.  

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Steven Oloya, the Kyegegwa Chief Administrative Officer–CAO, says as authorities, they are equally disturbed by the low water coverage.

He notes that they have since engaged Ministry of Water, which has promised to establish a big water scheme in the district to combat water scarcity.

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