Residents of Opok village in Lamogi Sub County Amuru district are
struggling to get clean water after boreholes in the area broke down.
The village had 12 boreholes of which 8 broke down last year
forcing the 3,628 households to share clean water from the 4 remaining
functional boreholes or fetch water from streams.
Patrick Ojara, the area LCI Chairperson says the situation even
worsened with the dry spell which dried up the shallow wells.
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Cue out …. Yub iway pii eno”//.
Nighty Aciro, a resident of Opok village says that she is forced
to walk for 4 kilometres to fetch water from the stream which is also used by
cows in the area. She is scared that her children might contract water-borne diseases.
Denis Otim, another resident of the area says they agreed with the
wife that he would be fetching water every day using his motorcycle given her
weakness due to pregnancy. He says getting the water from the borehole is also
another hurdle due to the high number of people demanding water.
Michael Lakony, the LCV Chairperson Amuru says he has not received
any letter of concern from the village about the broken boreholes. He
says each borehole has a water source committee that is in charge of minor
repairs before the issue is taken to either Sub County or the District.
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Cue out …. Any borehole”//.
Amuru District has a total of 584 boreholes. Last year, the
district in partnership with JICA piloted the repair of all the boreholes in
the district starting with Opara, Elegu, Atiak Sub County and Atiak Council.
In November last year, a study by AMREF revealed most water
consumed in Lamogi contained human waste.
The study conducted between October 1 and 5 2020 covering the
whole of Lamogi Sub County found out that 80% of the households, 90% of hotels
and restaurants were using contaminated water while 100% of the open wells were
contaminated by faecal matter.
The study also revealed
that the latrine coverage in Sub County had reduced from 80% in the past five
years to 62% as of the latest study.