Lack of access to clean and safe water has hit Akwang Central
village in Taar parish, Paimol Sub County, Agago district.
Since the early 1990s, residents have been sharing contaminated water
sources with domestic animals.
The difficulties in accessing water treatment facilities also
forces residents to drink the contaminated water resulting suffering from a
range of waterborne diseases caused by the polluted water.
The water source is characterized by crowding
of animals and serves at least a population of 6,000 people including
over 1,500 students from both Akwang Secondary and Primary Schools which are
adjacent to each other.
Acan Margaret and Santa Lalam both residents of the village says
that residents have for a long time suffered from waterborne illnesses like diarrhoea and typhoid.
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Samuel Okello, a teacher at Akwang SS explains that the only
borehole drilled in the area for the school constantly breaks down forcing the
students to trek a distance of five kilometres to the nearest water point while
others resort to fetching water from the unsafe water sources.
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Aryemo Karla Ocen, the Taar parish Woman Councillor also the
Paimol sub-county vice Chairperson LC 3 Chairperson explains that the water
crisis in the village has lasted for two decades.
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David Oceng, the Sub county Water Committee chairperson disclosed
that the water crisis in the area is compounded by the problems faced
while drilling hard bed rocks which restricts slow penetration.
It is estimated that 61 per cent of Ugandans lack access to safe water
and 75 per cent do not have access to improved sanitation
facilities. Using and drinking unsafe water is one of the leading causes
of death and diseases in country with 4,500 children dying annually.