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Water Shortage Paralyzes Lira Town

Supply in the area is restored only at night while the taps remain dry during the day. Women and girls line up at the water points long after midnight to harvest water for use the next day. At Adyel Children’s play park, near the Division headquarters, the only available borehole is often crowded from as early as 5 a.m. until midnight when it's usually locked.
06 Mar 2019 18:23

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Major parts of Lira town are experiencing a water crisis which has lasted more than two weeks. The affected areas include Iredha, Kakoge, Ayago, Railways, Ober Kampala, Odokomit, Junior Quarters and Seniors Quarters.      

Supply in the area is restored only at night while the taps remain dry during the day. Women and girls line up at the water points long after midnight to harvest water for use the next day. At Adyel Children’s play park, near the Division headquarters, the only available borehole is often crowded from as early as 5 a.m. until midnight when it's usually locked.  

Hotels and restaurant are equally disgusted that they are unable to function normally leading to a sharp decline in business on a daily basis. The situation has not only paralyzed businesses that require constant water supply but also affected individual residences that require water for domestic purposes.  

Harriet Opio, a resident of Junior Quarters in Adyel Division said that for more than two weeks, they have been buying water at as much as 1,000 Shillings for a 20-litre jerrycan. She says that her home needs not less than 4 jerrycans of water every day, which is too expensive for her and several other families to handle.  

Railways Division Councillor Richard Omara Awio demanded an explanation from National Water and Sewerage Corporation on the cause of the inconsistent water supply within the town.    

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Omara said that despite the unstable water supply, National Water and Sewerage Corporation is still charging exorbitant rates from the water users.  

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According to Omara as the area local leadership they are disappointment with National Water and Sewerage Corporation-NWSC over unstable water supply in town. 

Ibrahim Walusimbi, the Lira NWSC Branch Manager attributed the unstable supply to power shortages. Walusimbi said currently their generator at Kachung water plant on Olweny Swamp in Dokolo district is unable to pump enough water to meet the demand.

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