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Water Crisis Persists in Kiwatule

Rasum Katagaya, a resident of Kiwatule, says that she has been sending her children to the well to fetch water for domestic use. She says that they spent the entire morning between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon looking for water.
16 Jun 2021 08:05
Ronald's water on a wheel barrow after fetching from the neighbourhood

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The water crisis in Kiwatule in Nakawa division in Kampala has persisted for two weeks. According to the residents, the current water crisis started early this month following improved water supply to the area.

In April, 2021, residents breathed a sigh of relief thinking the problem of water supply in the area had been resolved. However, their joy was short-lived when the water crisis resumed two weeks ago.

Rasum Katagaya, a resident of Kiwatule, says that she has been sending her children to the well to fetch water for domestic use.  She says that they spent the entire morning between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon looking for water.

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  Her main worry is that while she has to spend on water daily, she expects a water bill at the end of the month from the National Water and Sewerage Corporation for services she has not fully enjoyed.

Nancy Kutesa, a tenant in one of the apartments in Kiwatule is also frustrated that the water crisis makes it difficult for them to maintain proper hygiene due to insufficient water.

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Other residents like Yowan Masaba who is lucky to be staying alone has to wait till midnight, where he can fetch a jerrycan from the water running at very low pressure.

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He says the low pressure cannot service apartments, which have a high uptake of water. The water crisis has forced residents to come up with adoptive ways. Some trek over 1km to collect water from a well while others hire Boda boda men to fetch at a cost while other contract water tankers to fill their reservoirs.

Ronald Gumisiriza, one of the residents we found pushing a wheelbarrow to fetch water, said that he is fortunate that his employer owns a school close by where he buys water to fill the reservoirs for domestic use.  

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Esther Mukisa who is caught up in the same water crisis, says that she is disappointed that National Water and Sewerage Corporation overlooks the crisis even when they endeavour to contact them.

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According to National Water and Sewerage Corporation, demand for water in Kampala, including central Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono currently stands at 300million liters per day compared to the existing supply of just 240million liters. This creates a shortage of about 60million liters. 

The new Katosi plant is expected to serve over 7.5million people in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono. In April 2021, the contractors and NWSC engineers started testing the electrical-mechanical systems of the new plant. Efforts to reach the NWSC Public Relations Officer were futile as he couldn’t pick nor return calls from our reporter.

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