Bunyangabu Residents Struggle to Access Clean Water

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Moses Kisembo, a resident of Rubona Town Council, says a single borehole in the area serves more than 50 families yet it should ideally serve 10 families.

Access to clean water remains a huge challenge to residents of Bunyangabu district. About 280 boreholes sank in the area by government are dysfunctional due to lack of maintenance.    
Currently, majority of residents use water from rivers, which they share with animals. For instance River Ntabago, which serves Rwiimi Town Council, Rwiimi Sub-county and most of the neighboring Sub-Counties has salty water.
 
 
Some of the residents interviewed by URN say despite being advised to boil water from the lake, it remains salty and turns their teeth yellowish.

 
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According to Engineer Ezekiel Nzewa, who was contracted by the Bunyangabu Woman MP, Peace Mutuuzo to repair spoilt boreholes says residents can't maintain them. He also notes that water table in Bunyangabu is very deep, which requires a special vehicle to sink boreholes.
 

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Moses Kisembo, a resident of Rubona Town Council, says a single borehole in the area serves more than 50 families yet it should ideally serve 10 families. He says most of the boreholes break down faster because of the high pressure.
 
 
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Mutuuzo is using her personal funds to rehabilitate some of the spoilt boreholes and has so far repaired. She has so far repaired 58 boreholes.

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Bunyangabu, which was carved out of Kabarole in 2017 has five town councils including Buheesi, Rwiimi, Kibiito, Robona and Kyamukube and the sub counties of Rwiimi, Kibiito, Kabonero, Kisomoro, Buheesi, Kiyombya and Katebwa.
 

Nzewa says there is a plan to establish between three and six working boreholes in each of the areas, despite the fact that the number is way below compared to the population.
 
The 2014 census showed that there are 171, 292 people in Bunyangabu district. The number is believed to have increased to about 200,000. 
 
James Ategeka, the Bunyangabu LC V chairperson, says they receive less money, which can't address the water problem.

 

About the author

Christopher Tusiime
Christopher Tusiime is the URN Bureau Chief in Tooro. Districts of Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, Kabarole, Ntoroko, Bunyangabu and Kyegegwa, Kitagwenda and Fort Portal Tourism City fall under his docket.

Before joining URN, Tusiime first worked at The Observer newspaper for close to four years as an education reporter.