St. Aloysius Core Primary Teachers College Hit by Acute Water shortage

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Acam says they have been experiencing the problem since students reported back in February this year.
Due to acute water scarcity that has hit the College, the students study in shifts while others go to collect water.

An acute water crisis has hit St. Aloysius Core Primary Teachers College in Ngora district. The school has not had piped water supply for the last five months. A student who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity says due to water crisis, they are forced to collect water from boreholes in shifts. He said the college administrators have to divide them into groups to collect water used for cooking.

The student expressed disappointment saying they spend a lot of time collecting water for cooking, yet is not their responsibility. He said some of the students now bath once a day because of the water crisis. Frances Acam, the Principle St. Aloysius Core PTC has confirmed the water crisis. Acam says they have been experiencing the problem since the students reported back in February this year.

She also disclosed that boreholes have not been reliable because of the low water table. Acam says she raised the issue of the water crisis with the relevant office but nothing has been done. Richard Otim Omerikol, the Ngora district Education and Health Secretary says the water problem is long overdue. 

Gavas Ekwapit, the Ngora District Water officer attributes the water crisis on unstable power supply due to ongoing replacement of poles. Ekwapit explains that they only pump water for between 3 to four hours, which is not enough to cover the entire district. He however, says they will restore normal supply within two weeks time.
 

 

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