Buvuma district is still struggling with
providing clean water sources to residents due to challenges of transporting
the necessary equipment and materials to set up the water points.
With 52 scattered islands on the Northern part
of Lake Victoria, Buvuma district is home to more than 80,000 people. The
district supplies water from Lake Victoria communities for use.
However, majority of the residents lack access
to water because of the failure by the district to install clean water points.
District Senior Water Officer, Augustine Ssebuliba, says they find a huge
problem to provide clean water points because of transport challenges.
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He says contractors often lose their equipment
and construction materials when transporting to various islands in boats. Some of
the material lost because of the turbulent waters includes cement, iron bars
Ssebuliba estimates that they have lost
materials worth Shillings 40 million have in the last four years. Only,
the main island in Buvuma district is accessible by ferry, which connects to Kiyindi
in Buikwe district.
Jawaduh Ssevume, a resident at Buvuma Island notes that water
from the lake is contaminated and not good for consumption.
the same water that animals drink, on many islands residents directly bath from
it. In many areas we lack sanitary facilities meaning that people ease
themselves directly in the lake. Surely we need safe water points,” Ssevume
According to Ssebuliba, the water coverage on the main island
stands at 36 percent where they have managed to set up a solar powered water
Ismael Kabonge, the Buvuma Principle Administrative
Secretary-PAS, says the district would wish to supply safe water to its
residents but the topography makes it hard.
He says they often find
it hard to transport machinery to distant islands to drill boreholes.