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Shortage of Clean Water in Pawor Sub County Worries Residents

The sub-county has only 8 functional water points after some of the boreholes that were drilled broke down and others dried up due to the low water level in the area.
02 Jul 2022 10:22
A non-functional borehole at Pawor Primary School in Pawor Sub County, Madi Okollo District

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Residents of Pawor Sub-county in Madi Okollo District have raised concerns about a shortage of clean and safe water in the area. The most affected villages include Mubanda, Andeni and Aporo.

The sub-county has only 8 functional water points after some of the boreholes that were drilled broke down and others dried up due to the low water level in the area.

Currently, the locals have no option but to trek long distances to fetch water from the neighboring villages while others continue to get the unclean water from River Nile.

According to the residents, the continuous outbreak of waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid, and dysentery is due to the persistent water shortages in the area.

Samuel Baker, a resident of Tamale Village in Parabo Parish says the lack of clean water has persisted for a long time but the government has paid a deaf ear to their cries. He says if there are no immediate interventions, more people in the area will continue to contract waterborne diseases.

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Linus Anerwoth, another resident, notes that although OXFAM International intervened to provide an alternative water source in the area, their water points are limited to villages forcing some residents to trek for more than 5 kilometers to get water.

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The district councilor representing Pawor Sub-county, Scovia Acan says she is aware of the problem and noted that most of the households who fetch water from the River Nile often times do not boil it exposes them to risks of diseases.

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Ismail Drabe, the Madi Okollo LCV Chairperson acknowledged the challenge but said several villages without clean water sources still continue drinking unsafe water from the nearby River Nile. He however says they have planned to establish new clean water sources this financial year.

According to the Uganda Water Supply Atlas report, only 4,506 people out of the total population of 11,980 in the sub-county have access to clean water sources. 

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