Kitoole village, Bubogo parish Kabwoya subcounty has gone almost a decade without clean water. Zozimus Karukohe, the village chairperson, says the only tube well in the village broke down eight years ago and it has never been repaired. Karukohe explains that this has left about 500 residents in the village with no option but to fetch water from swamps.
Statistics availed to Uganda Radio Network by Hoima district water office indicates that safe water coverage now stands at 73 percent. Water officials say this represents a tremendous improvement compared to previous years.
However, this means nothing to residents of Kitoole village, Bubogo parish Kabwoya subcounty. The village has gone almost a decade without clean water. Zozimus Karukohe, the village chairperson, says the only tube well in the village broke down eight years ago and it has never been repaired.
Karukohe explains that this has left about 500 residents in the village with no option but to fetch water from swamps. He says to get a jerrycan of clean water one has to walk a two-kilometer distance to the neighboring Nyakabaale village where there is a protected water source.
The water problem has not spared St. Charles Lwanga Mpanga primary school, a UPE school in the area. Deo Kyaligonza, the school head teacher says the school borehole got defunct five years ago and efforts to repair it have proved futile.
Kyaligonza says the school always sends children to collect drinking water from the neighbouring village. He says however, it is hard to sometimes control young children who run to the nearby swamp for drinking water whenever they are thirsty.
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Engineer Ibrahim Luswata, the Hoima district water Officer, says Kitoole’s case is an isolated one as Kabwoya Sub County is better off in safe water coverage, with 81 percent. Luswata says the defunct water sources in the village will meanwhile be repaired this financial year, beginning with the borehole at the school. He however denotes a challenge of community members failing to care for the protected water sources. Luswata blames this for the routine breakdown of protected water sources.
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Kitoole village hosted this year’s Hoima district hygiene and sanitation week activities. During the sanitation week, residents were encouraged on boiling drinking water, having pit latrines and ensuring better home hygiene and sanitation standards. The sanitation week activities climaxed on Tuesday.
In March this year the World Health Organisation announced that its international target to halve the number of people who do not have access to safe drinking water had been met, five years before the 2015 deadline. The World body announced that 89% of the global population can now access safe drinking water.