Dry Spell Forces 20,000 Isingiro Residents to Share Dirty Water with Livestock

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Deus Iraka is among hundreds of residents who are dependent on Nyamisingo Valley Dam for water. Iraka says members of his family trek 10miles to draw water from the valley dam, which they share with livestock.

The dry spell has hit hard Marsha Sub County in Isingiro district forcing more than 20,000 residents to scramble for water from the same valley dam with Livestock. Marsha Sub County is water stressed, despite the fact that is found in the cattle corridor.
 
However, the area has been under a dry spell since September 2013 forcing residents to depend on Nyamisingovalley dam put up by government for water. Deus Iraka is among hundreds of residents who are dependent on Nyamisingo Valley Dam for water.

Iraka says members of his family trek 10miles to draw water from the valley dam, which they share with livestock. He says their pleasto Isingiro district local Government to sink community boreholes have fallen on deaf ears.

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John Biraaro Guma, a cattle keeper says he was forced to sell off close 100 heads of cattle because of his failure to get enough pasture and water for the animals. Biraaro says although he managed to open two shallow wells in his farms, they have been drained by the overwhelming number of residents who go there in search of water for their cattle and domestic use.

Silver Mwesigwa, the Isingiro district speaker says government has secured some funds under United Nation Development Project UNDP Ruhira Millennium project to extend clean water to all the water stressed areas in the area. Mwesigwa says work is expected to commence in four months time.

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He says the project will cover Birere, Nyamuyanja, Kasumba Ngarama, Kabuyanda, Kikagate and Nyakitunda sub counties.  He however, says because of lack sufficient water sources it may be difficult to extend the gravity water flow scheme Marsha, Endizi, Rugaga and Rushasha sub counties.
 
He says they will be forced to sink dams and boreholes in these areas despite the fact that water may not adequate help address the prolonged dry spell.