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Access to Clean Water Eludes Agago Village

The difficulties in accessing water treatment facilities also force residents to drink the contaminated water resulting suffering from a range of waterborne diseases caused by the polluted water.
A student of Akwang S.S fetching the contaminated water,

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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.

// Cue in: "Pii ni twoyo dano......

Cue out…yoyo ne ci mato."//  

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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Cue out…spoil the water."// 

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. 

// Cue in: "Iloa pii, dong......

Cue out…me pii matek adada."// 

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.