Acute Water Crisis Hits Kotido

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In short
A business woman, who identified herself as Albina, says they are finding it difficult to even get water to bath their children when they are going to school.

An acute water crisis has hit Kotido town council in Kotido district. The town council has gone without stable water supply for the last six months following the breakdown of the generator that powers the water plant.
 
 
The water crisis has pushed water vendors into brisk business. A 20 liter Jerican of water now goes for between Shillings 1,000 to 2,000. Residents fear that the water crisis could trigger a serious disease outbreak as some residents now stay for days without water.


 
A business woman, who identified herself as Albina, says they are finding it difficult to even get water to bath their children when they are going to school.
 


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 Another, woman Joyce Nambuya, says the water crisis is real.

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Maxwell Ariko, the acting Town Clerk Kotido, says supply will be restored soon. Paul Okedi, the Kotido District Water Officer, says the power fault is being handled. He says the water crisis has reached an alarming level forcing most families to seek water in dry rivers.
 
On Tuesday, the World celebrated the water day under the theme, "Water and Jobs" with the aims of raising standards on how clean water can change the lives of workers, and even transform entire societies and economies. 

 

About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.