Water Scarcity Hits Nakaloke Town council

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According to residents, the NWSC network stops in Namunsi parish along the Mbale-Soroti highway. The main sources of water in the town council are spring wells and streams.

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Residents of Nakaloke Town council in Mbale district are struggling with water scarcity. Nakaloke town council is barely 4kilometers from Mbale town but isn’t connected the National Water and Sewerage Cooperation network.

According to residents, the NWSC network stops in Namunsi parish along the Mbale-Soroti highway. The main sources of water in the town council are spring wells and streams.  Residents share some of the water sources with animals.            

Nakaloke town council is home 31,278 people according to the 2014 population census. A jerry can of water costs Shillings 300 during the rainy season and Shillings 1000 during the dry season. During the dry season residents depend on water vendors who trek long distances in search for water.

19-year-old Abdu Rashid Uthuman has been vending water for 6 years in Nakaloke town council. According to Uthuman, he makes between Shillings 10.000shs and 20.000 on a good day. Uthuman fetches about 50 jerry cans of water each day, which he delivers to his customers using a cart.       

Budala Odoch, a resident of Nabitende A village in Nakaloke town council, says they have only three boreholes in the area, which aren’t sufficient because of the high population in the area. He says those who don’t to hustle for water sit at home and wait to buy from the vendors.

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Juma Mageni, another resident, says they have approached the town council authorities several over the water problem but they only tell them there is no money to extend water to the town council.     

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Mary Nambuya, the health Inspector Nakaloke Town Council, says they receive limited funding from the district to put up more water sources.  

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Joram Mayatsa Khamboson, the Mbale District LC Vice chairperson, says the challenge of inadequate of water sources is not only Nakaloke town council other areas in the district as well. 

He says the district passed a budget for the repair of 33 and drills 12 more boreholes.   

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Agnes Aketch, the General Manager National Water and Sewerage Cooperation Mbale area, confirms that Nakaloke town council has been water stressed for a long time and they are aware. 

She says they are still negotiating with residents to buy a piece of land where they will sink a borehole to ease access of water in Nakaloke town council.   

She also revealed their plans to set up a water reservoir at Kankungulu hills to help them pump more water to the area.   

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Friday Kyoma, the Mbale Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, says they are working hard to ensure that Bumasikye, Busiu, Lukhonje sub counties and other parts of the district are connected to a water gravity flow scheme by 2020.      

Nakaloke town council is just one of the many sub counties in Mbale district that are challenged by water scarcity.  Others include Nakaloke, Namayonyi, Busiu, Bungokho, and Namabasa sub counties among others.           

In Makhonje, Bungkho Sub County the only available borehole is at Makhonje health center III. The other water source is a tap that was put up by whites and residents have to pay a monthly fee of Shillings 1000 or trek to Manafwa River to fetch water.   

In Namayonyi Sub County, World Vision has tried to extend water to the locals through their programs but still it is not enough to serve the entire sub county. The only available borehole in Kifafa zone is owned by an individual who restricts residents from using it during the dry season because he uses the water to irrigate his crops.       

In Busiu Sub County, the only source of clean water is boreholes. However, residents say many of them have broken down, which forces them to trek to Mahonje Health Center III Bungkho Sub County where there is a functional bore hole.                     

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