The Aputubere A village LCI Chairperson Aldo, says they have struggled with water shortage for close to two years now after the only borehole had its pipes and rods worn out in around May 2019 and local residents have been unable to repair it.
More than 4,000 residents in Matidi Sub County, Kitgum district
have been hit by water shortage. This follows the breakdown of the only
borehole in Aputubere Central village that serves the population of four other neighbouring
villages of Aputubere A, Mulago A, Labilo and Obyen East.
The Aputubere A village LCI Chairperson Aldo says they have
struggled with water shortage for close to two years. Odong says the situation
has now forced residents to share water with animals from dirty streams, posing
a health risk.
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Elson Ogiki a teacher at Aputubere Primary School says teachers
and learners are equally affected by the crisis which has forced them to walk
for over four kilometres to access the dirty water from the unsafe water
source. According to Ogiki, the situation has greatly affected learning as pupils
spend most of the time accessing safe water for drinking at the expense of
Scovia Atimango, a resident, says women and the elderly who opt to
pursue clean water are the most affected as they have to leave their homes in
the early hours of the morning and walking up to 8 minutes to fetch water from
the closest source in Labilo village.
According to Atimango, efforts to repair the damaged borehole have
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Benson Omoo another resident says they are concerned about not
having safe water in the area for hygiene purposes, like hand washing before
eating and after using the latrines which have exposed residents to water-borne
diseases. Omoo says as a result of using water from unprotected sources, many
cases of typhoid, bacterial infections and other water-related diseases have
been registered at the nearby health centre.
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The Kitgum District Chief Administrative Officer Martin Jacan
Gwoktoo says that the water scarcity is a result of the rocky topography that
makes it impossible to drill boreholes and the dropped water tables where
boreholes yield less water or even dry up.
He also faulted local leaders for failing to channel their demands
for repairing some of the dysfunctional boreholes to the water department for
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Gwoktoo however also calls
for calm as plans are underway to expand water coverage by extending piped
water to all water-stressed areas.