Hoima Needs Ugx 30Million to Set Up Water Source Spare Part Kiosks

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Engineer Ibrahim Luswata, the district water officer says the move is intended to eliminate the high cost incurred by residents in purchasing spare parts to repair broken water sources. Luswata says the move will also increase the functionality of water sources.

Hoima district needs Ugx 30Million to establish water source spare part kiosks in all Sub Counties.

Engineer Ibrahim Luswata, the district water officer says the move is intended to eliminate the high cost incurred by residents in purchasing spare parts to repair broken water sources. Luswata says the move will also increase the functionality of water sources.

Engineer Luswata was reacting to queries raised by residents and local leaders in Buhanika Sub County over the huddles of getting water source spare parts.

According to the engineer, 24percent of the water sources in the district are non-functional and this affects the level of safe water coverage, which now stands at 76percent.

The water engineer reveals that vandalism and poor management has facilitated the breakdown of several water sources in the district. The engineer believes that once these kiosks are established, residents would be buying the spare parts at uniform and relatively cheaper price.
 
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Erineo Tumusiime, a pump Mechanic in Buhanika Sub County welcomes the move, saying this will save them a burden of acquiring spare parts from business oriented suppliers who overcharge them, yet sometimes the community takes long to clear the payments.

Jamil Kasangaki, the Buhanika sub county chairman stresses need for the district water office to hold community sensitization meetings on proper management of water sources.

The local leader wants water user committees also re-oriented on their roles to avoid scenarios of misuse of funds collected for water source routine maintenance.

Kasangaki reveals that several cases have been reported against water user committee members swindling money collected by the community for water source maintenance.

According to the Uganda Water and Environment Sector Performance Report 2013, government is  providing access to safe water to 70% of the population in urban areas, and to 64% of the population in the rural areas.