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Water Crisis Hits Pakwach District

Andrew Ahumuza, the Pakwach National Water and Sewerage Corporation NWSC engineer attributes the problem on the breakdown of treatment plant. He, however, says that the plant is under repairs.

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Residents of Pakwach district are grappling with an acute water crisis that has hit the district for the past two days.

The most affected area is Pakwach town council. Residents have been forced to fetch water from River Nile which is unhealthy for domestic consumption.

Other areas also affected by the water scarcity include; Panyango, Pakwach Sub County and Paroketo.

Beatrice Angom, a resident of Puvungu village Pakwach town council says she is facing difficulty in running her home as she is left with no option but to fetch water from the River since there is no any other nearby alternative water source in the area.

“I have fetched this water from River Nile for the past two days. This water is unhealthy but we have no choice and there is nowhere I can get clean water from”, she said this morning.

Jerry Bithum, another resident in Paroketo, Pakwach district says he fears an outbreak of water-borne diseases which may arise as a result of using water from condemned water sources.

“Why does government want us to share water with animals? We fear that diseases including bilharzia and others may befall us any time from now. The nearest water source I can access is a stream close to 2km away from where I stay”, Bithum says.

Viola Akumu, a food vendor at Pakwach market says she has had to close business since yesterday because she cannot rely on water from River Nile due to its poor quality. 

“National Water provided us with clean water but we have not seen their water for the past two days. I don’t know what to do because my business is closed due to water crisis”, she said.

Andrew Ahumuza, the Pakwach National Water and Sewerage Corporation NWSC engineer attributes the problem on the breakdown of treatment plant. He, however, says that the plant is under repairs.

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