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2000 Residents Hit by Water Scarcity in Aduku

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Robson Ogwang, a resident of Ot-Ogole says they are faced with a serious water crisis. He asked the town council officials to immediately intervene into the matter.
A teenager fetching water from a stream that is likely to be affected by poor disposal of human waste Photo by Solomon Okabo

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Residents of Aduku Town Council in Kwania district are in dire need of clean and safe water following the breakdown of the only borehole that used to serve the area in 2017.

The borehole was drilled by Samaritan Path, a Non-Government Organisation in Adyeda Village in 2016. However, it broke down in 2017 and has never been repaired since then.

Currently, residents do not have a source of clean and safe water for domestic use. About 2000 residents in the area depend on water from streams while some trek more than two kilometres to Arocha swamp where they fetch water for domestic use. The most affected areas include Ogobi, Ot Ogole, Aminakany and Atakara-maka-gwata cell.

Some of the residents, who talked to Uganda Radio Network-URN said they share the water sources with animals and have been struggling for the last four years. Robson Ogwang, a resident of Ot-Ogole says they are faced with a serious water crisis. He asked the town council officials to immediately intervene into the matter.

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Maria Oruru and Marry Ocen, both residents of Adyeda cell say they trek long distances to access water from unsafe water for domestic use.

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Cue out… atyeka dong paco,”//

Peter Otim, the Aduku town council Vice Chairman says there are many cases of typhoid and other water related diseases being registered at the health center. He says plans are underway to extend pipe water in villages grappling with the water crisis. 

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Kenny James Obaya, the Aduku Town Clerk, says the Town Council is struggling to extend piped water to all areas under its jurisdiction as demanded by the Urban Development Authority Act. He asks the LC I Chairperson of the affected areas to channel their demands in writing to his office for appropriate action.


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According to Obaya, about 17 boreholes drilled before the establishment of the Town Council in 2010 are dysfunctional. He, however, says the have managed to expand water coverage by about 40 percent in collaboration with the National Water and Sewerage Corporation-NWSC.

Basil Okello Onac, the Kwania LC V Chairperson, says the district is considering repairing some of the dysfunctional boreholes within the Town Council as the piped water extension project is likely to delay.