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Akokoro Sub County Residents Decry Lack of Safe Water

Sandra Adongo, a resident of Aluga Central Village in Akokoro Sub-county, says that lack of clean water has persisted for long but their leaders have not intervened.
A resident in Akokoro Sub County fetching water from stream, six villages drink from the same stream (Photo Credit Solomon Okabo)

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More than 5,000 residents in the seven villages in Akokoro Sub County Apac district have raised concerns about the shortage of clean and safe water.  They are up in arms against their leaders for failing to provide them with safe water for 7 years.

The most affected Villages are Aluga Central, Idor, Aracowilo-gali, Oloc, Aringoyat, Arac and Aluga primary school.  Three boreholes that were drilled seven years ago have since broken down, leaving the locals with no option but to trek long distances to fetch water from the lakeside.

Sandra Adongo, a resident of Aluga Central Village in Akokoro Sub-county, says that lack of clean water has persisted for long but their leaders have not intervened. 

Adongo said the only borehole where they used to fetch water for drinking broke down two years ago and since then; they have been fetching water from dirty streams.

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Martha Akello, another resident, said it is unfortunate that the government and other development partners have not intervened despite repeated reminders to them.  She asked the immediate intervention from the government.

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The Aracowilo-gali Village Chairperson, Tom Luwari, said in his area and other villages, including Oloc and Aringoyat, residents trek six kilometres to fetch water for drinking.

Luwari said the four others villages of Arac,  Aluga primary school,  Idor and Aluga Central are also facing related challenges because the boreholes that they used to rely on clean water, have since also broken down.

The Akokoro Sub County Chairman Robert Olinga Otolo said the Sub County is financially constrained. Olinga noted that if there are no immediate interventions, more people in the area will continue to die as a result of waterborne diseases.

But Emmanuel Ongom, the Apac District Water Officer, however, said they are faced with low water ground-level adding that plans are underway to connect pipe water in the area to address the challenge.

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