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Over 20 Villages in Alito Sub County Lack Clean Water

Sarah Adong, a resident of Otkwac village, says that there is a need to sink either a borehole or deep well because the open well they are using is unsafe as it floods whenever it rains.
A young boy fetching water for home consumption from a broken bridge.

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At least 25 villages inAlito sub-county Kole District lack access to clean water sources.   Some of the affected villages include Akaidebe, Bar oyele, Odure and Odokoamaido all in Barongin parish, Dog-gudu, Bar-rwot ‘A’, Bar-rwot ‘B’, Akuki, Te-agunga, Bar- Apwo and otkwac in Alito parish where the community share an open well with animals.

The others are Anekapiri, Abak- alito, Alongo-owee and Tekulo where the community have to cross a broken bridge to fetch water from the nearby Aromo sub-county in Lira District. In some areas like Apiioguro parish, residents from the six villages share a shallow well, which only operates during the rainy season.

Sarah Adong, a resident of Otkwac village, says that there is a need to sink either a borehole or deep well because the open well they are using is unsafe as it floods whenever it rains.    

Luo byte:

//Cue in: “Wan dong pe…

Cue out: … kom pet ye.”//

Translation: “For us here we do not take clean water except during dry season when it is clean but if it is not, you find the water weeds everywhere like now that it has rained you can those red tiny worms flowing with the water. I think it is important to drill for us a borehole because this one is not good.” 

Margret Ajok, from Angolocom village, believes the saying “water is life” and she says the fact that they are not accessing clean water means their lives are at risk.

Luo byte:

//Cue in: “Pii pong te mayo…

Cue out: … obedo kwo adano.”//

Jimmy Okalo, the LC I chairperson of Tekulo village, says that community members in his area always struggle to fetch water from an open well, which is in another district. 

These people have to either cross a broken bridge to get to the well or simply fetch running water from the bridge for home consumption.

Luo byte:

//Cue in: “Otye omato pii…

Cue out: … jo butu cilo.”//

Okalo who accused the district leadership of neglecting them, wants the sub-county to consider providing them essential services like clean water and better roads.

Luo byte:

Cue in: “Wan otii iyi…  

Cue out: konyo wa kede.”//

Janet Adongo, the Alito sub-county Community Development Officer explains that although some of the villages had boreholes, most of them broke down beyond repair. She says that the sub-county lacks funds to sink new boreholes.  

Eng byte:

//Cue in: “According to the… 

Cue out: … can help us.”//  

The Water and Environment Sector Performance Report 2018 states that the national safe water coverage in rural areas stood at 70%. Out of the 57,974 rural villages in Uganda, 38,183 (66%) of the villages had valid water sources as of June 2018.

In Uganda, 8 million people lack access to safe water meaning they are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic with the added challenge of living without access to safe water.