Matugga residents accuse Wakiso district of failure to maintain shallow water wells

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Residents of Matugga in Wakiso district are accusing the district leadership for failing to maintain their shallow water wells. Lwanga Jonathan, the secretary Lwadda A village council, says the district leadership ignored areas served by water wells immediately the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) started working on a plan to connect the area in 2006. The water wells serve the residents of Kilyagonja, Lwadda A, Mukito, Kilwanira and Mabanda villages. According to Lwanga shallow wells have been the only source of water for the residents for several decades. Lwanga says maintenance of the wells is a joint responsibility of the residents and the district authorities. Ssemugera Kato, the district water, environment and sanitation officer says while the district shouldered the entire responsibility of sinking the wells it is the sole responsibility of the users to maintain them. Ssemugera says the district has also urged residents using the wells to get connected to piped water. He says the water table may easily be contaminated because of the increased human activity in the area making the water unsafe for human consumption. Ssemugera says despite attempts by National Water and Sewerage Corporation to extend its services to the district many residents have remained reluctant to get connected to piped water services. He the water wells are no longer sufficient for the over 4000 residents. However Charles Mukasa, a resident of Kirwanira village says he can not afford piped water. Mukasa says piped water is too expensive. A 20 litre Jerrican of water goes 100 shillings.


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