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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.