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Landslides Disrupt Water Supply in Namisindwa District

Halima Mukhwana, the Namisindwa sub-branch NWSC Manager, says the recent landslides that occurred about a week ago affected their entire infrastructure. She, however, says their teams on the ground to fix the problem and restore supply.
31 May 2021 15:12
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Namisindwa district has gone for over a week without water supply. According to National Water and Sewerage Corporation-NWSC officials heavy boulders from the slopes of Mt. Elgon triggered by the landslides hit their reservoirs affecting water supply.  

The three water plants including Sono, Laaso and Lilima are all down at the moment. The most affected areas include Magale and Namisndwa town councils and Bukhaweka Sub County.  Halima Mukhwana, the Namisindwa sub-branch NWSC Manager, says the recent landslides that occurred about a week ago affected their entire infrastructure. She, however, says their teams on the ground to fix the problem and restore supply.

“NWSC teams are busy in the mountains restoring supply, which is a process that involves breaking rocks, excavation, reconstruction of damaged structures, transportation of pipes and fitting amidst the poor road network with damaged bridges etc.,” he said.

She said that they are currently rationing the available water from Lirima, which cannot serve the entire Namisindwa due to geographical and gradient limitations.

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Peter Mutambo, a resident of Magale Sub County says that the problem has been on for long even before the landslides. He said the supply of water in the district is poor, which forces residents to trek several kilometers in search of water.

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