The borehole estimated to cost UGX 20 million was lobbied for by Pastor John Justine Enyetu of Turbunacle Faith Ministries with support from American Missionaries following reports of increased domestic violence as people struggle for a clean source of water from the nearby stream, while others trekked over 34 kilometers to draw water.
Julian Komuhangi, the Commissioner Environmental Health at the Ministry said access to clean water is especially important now in the wake of Corona Virus disease (COVID 19) but many communities are still reluctant on taking handwashing seriously.
At Lokisile village in Rupa Sub County, Moroto district, both herdsmen from the area and Turkana pastoralists share water with animals at the dam, which is the only water source. The residents use the contaminated water for drinking, bathing and other domestic needs.
Awasi Okethi, a fisherman and a resident of Hoimo Landing site in Buseruka sub-county Hoima district, says since his childhood to date no borehole has been installed in the area despite several pleas to the leaders.
Cheptoris was presenting a case for a supplementary budget for the Ministry of Water. The ministry requires up to 108 billion as part of its contribution towards the for Kampala Sanitation Program, that is aimed at ensuring improvements in urban hygiene, sanitation and protection of Kampalas natural environment.
Epilla says he was compelled to ask the district health department to have water from the two sources analyzed for impurities after 80 prisoners suddenly fell sick of typhoid after the first case was detected in April 04th, 2012.
Rural areas in Kabarole district have not had access to safe and clean water for two years, despite huge sums of money allocated to the water sector. In an audit report released by Kabarole District Public Accounts Committee, more than 1.6 billion shillings allocated to the water sector for the two financial years 2011/2012 and 2012/2013, was diverted to other sectors or mismanaged, depriving communities of clean water.
Mityana town has been hit by severe water supply crisis following the breakdown of the piped water system. Ssebulime Gonzaga, the acting town clerk, says the problem started two weeks, ago, when the water system, run by the National Water and Sewerage Cooperation (NWSC) broke down.