The water crisis has worsened in Masaka municipality forcing vendors to hike their prices. Masaka Municipality has had unstable water supply for the last two weeks. Even when the water supply stabilized for a short while, the quality was wanting as it came with a foul smell.
Now, the area hasn't had water supply since last week. Residents are now struggling to access water from unprotected sources around the town. The water crisis has affected more than 100, 000 residents in the municipality, schools and health centers.
Our reporter visited Masaka High court this morning and found all the taps dry. Our reporter also sampled the taps in the washrooms in Masaka magistrate's court but none of them had running water. Jackie Forde is an American National taking cares of children at Bwala Hill in Masaka municipality.
Forde is one of those badly affected by the severe water crisis as all her reserve tanks have run dry. Forde says she has been struggling to get an explanation from National Water and Sewerage Corporation about the water crisis in vain.
Joseph Sserungoji, another resident of Bwala says they are facing a serious water crisis since they don't any alternative source of water because of the hilly nature of their area.
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Godfrey Kayemba, the Mayor Masaka Municipality, says Bwala area is the most affected. Kayemba says he has notified National Water and Sewerage Corporation about the problem but hasn't received any explanation on the water crisis.
According to Kayemba, the absence of water in a big town like Masaka is very absurd. Sylvia Nakasibate, a resident of Masaka says she received some water on Thursday last week but it was of very poor quality.
She says she even showed it to officials of National Water and Sewerage Corporation who promised to sort it out but instead, they just stopped water supply. Nakasibante has accused NWSC of minding most about billing instead of ensuring uninterrupted and good quality water.
Vendors are cashing in on the water crisis. Currently, a 20 water jerry can costs between Shillings 700 and 1000. The vendors say they have hiked the price of water because they fetch it from far.
Hakim Kasozi, a boda boda motorist is one of the water vendors. According to Kasozi, he has resorted to selling water instead of spending a lot time waiting for customers.
Joseph Mugenyi, the NWSC Manager Masaka Branch blames the water crisis on the destruction of their water pipes by road contractors. According to Mugenyi, they have started fixing the water pipes to restore supply as soon as possible.