Fort Portal Residents Decry Unreliable Water Supply

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According to the residents, other than the water being on and off, it is at times dirty and flows with low pressure.

Residents of Fort Portal town are decrying irregular supply of water. 

The most affected parts of the town are Kahunganyonyi, Rwengoma, Nyabukara, Kacwamba, and Kyabukonkoni.

According to the residents, other than the water being on and off, it is at times dirty and flows with low pressure.

Jane Basemera, a resident of Rwengoma says that due to the low pressure, it takes a lot of time to fill a 20 - litre jerry can, and the problem is worse when many people turn up to fetch water at the same time.

Lambert Atuhaire, a resident of Kacwamba says that they have on several occasions complained to National Water and Sewerage Cooperation - NWSC about the colour of the water which they say is at times brownish, but there hasn't been improvement.

On Wednesday, FINS Medical University students demonstrated against water scarcity at the institution. They refused to attend classes, saying they are unclean to study amidst a water crisis that has lasted over two weeks.

According to the University's Guild President, Richard Tugume, students are being forced to use water from River Mpanga that snakes through the area. He argues that most of the time, the university doesn't have tap water, and this is affecting the hygiene of the students.

But the University's Director, Victor Kalenzi, blames NWSC. He argues that every time he tries to find out the cause of intermittent water supply, he is told that the area is hilly, among other reasons.

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Kalenzi adds that as a result, the university has incurred a lot of money to procure a water pump as an alternative to tap water.

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Fort Portal NWSC manager, Denis Muramuzi says that irregular water supply and low pressure is as a result of the hilly nature of the affected areas and power outages.

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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.