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Nadunget Seed School Hit by Water Crisis :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Nadunget Seed School Hit by Water Crisis

The school which has over 600 students has been facing a water crisis for over a month and the school is spending over 250,000 shillings to buy water per day.
Water truck filling the school tank with water. The school buys a full truck of water at 250000 shillings per day.

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A water crisis has hit Nadunget Seed Secondary School in Moroto District.

The school has been relying on underground water that is pumped using a solar power system, however, the pump system developed a mechanical problem and it was taken to Kampala for repair three weeks ago.

The school which has over 600 students has been facing a water crisis for over a month and the school is spending over 250,000 shillings to buy water per day.

Early last week, the students staged a protest over the water shortage and delayed meals at school.

Michael Lomokol, one of the students said that persistent water shortage in the scorching heat in the region is affecting their studies.   Lomokol said that they have taken one month struggling to access clean water which poses a health hazard.

He said that the nearby water source is about 5 kilometers away from the school and they only rely on the water truck that supplies water to the school at a cost.

Julius Odeke, another student said that they used a borehole that had salty water but later it also dried up due to excessive heat. Odeke said that the water crisis is resulting in poor sanitation at school and because the water they get is not enough.

He noted that if the water crisis persists, they will be forced to abandon classes to go and search for clean water outside the school.

Albert Machecho, the head teacher of Nadunget Seed Secondary School acknowledged the crisis asserting that they are experiencing a severe water shortage and this is affecting attendance during lessons.

Machecho noted that the situation is affecting the school financially because they are forced to use the little resources meant for other things to buy water.

He observed that the school spends 250,000 shillings daily to buy water which is not enough to run all the domestic work at school.

Machecho appealed to the government to consider connecting them to pipe water as the only better alternative since the water table is very low within the school and the surrounding community.

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