All car washing bays in Kabale municipality are to be moved out of the town center because of congestion.
Johnson Munono, the Town Clerk of Kabale, says the washing bays occupy a lot of space and cause congestion on the street because many of them are located in road reserves and in gazetted green spaces.
The runoff from the water at the washing bays creates large pools on the road and on pedestrian walkways, making them potential areas for mosquito breeding. Some washing bays are located close to streams and rivers that are essential water sources for the town. The soapy and greasy runoff from the cars pollutes the water.
Munono says the municipal council should look for a solution to prevent the random establishment of washing bays. He proposes the creation of designated areas that have proper drainages, adequate parking and access to clean water.
The Town Clerk says if no solution is found soon, he may be forced to order all car washing bays out of the town.
Bosco Byamukama, who works at the washing bay along Kabale-Katuna Road, says moving his business out of the town center will cause him to lose customers. He warns that should he and others in his business will increase their charges significantly if they are forced to move.