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
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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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.