Huge Water Bills Worry Makerere University Top story

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Analysis of University water bills indicates that Makerere spent Ugx3.2billion on water in 2013/2014 financial year, Ugx 3.7billion in 2014/15 financial year and 4.2billion in 2015/16 billion shillings. The probe questioned why the university continued to spend hefty sums in water bills yet the number of students has been steadily reducing. Statistics indicate that Makerere University registered students numbers stood at 38,420 in 2014/15 academic year, 38,272 in 2015/16, 35,964 in 2016/17 and 33,288 students in 2017/18.

Makerere University's huge water bills every academic year have become a cause int of worry. 

Findings from the water audit carried out by Makerere University last year in the halls of residence report disclosed high water bills due to water leakages and other forms of wastage.
 
It also pointed to inadequate monitoring water leakages and repairs plus the use of old system which was found to be wasteful.
 
The University Council, which is the highest decision making body of the university directed the university management to make a formal request to National water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) to be charged under the Bulk Supply Tariff as opposed to Institutional Tariff and the revision of the 100% charge for the sewerage component bill
 
According to the findings of the 2016 visitation committee to Makerere University, Makerere maintained an old water supply network with only one meter through which NWSC measured all the water supplied at the point of entry.
 
The probe observed that although, the Student population has been reducing over the period under review, the cost for water and sewerage services is on the increase and has currently surpassed the electricity cost.
 
Analysis of University water bills indicates that Makerere spent Ugx3.2billion on water in 2013/2014 financial year, Ugx 3.7billion in 2014/15 financial year and 4.2billion in 2015/16 billion shillings.
 
The probe questioned why the university continued to spend hefty sums in water bills yet the number of students has been steadily reducing. Statistics indicate that Makerere University registered students numbers stood at 38,420 in 2014/15 academic year, 38,272 in 2015/16, 35,964 in 2016/17 and 33,288 students in 2017/18.
 
The inflated bills were attributed to frequent pipe bursts and leakages of billed water while some premises still do not have separate water metres leading to excess usage without bothering about the bills.
 
The visitation committee recommended that the University should consider replacing the old piping network in order to fix all leakages and introduce water metres to all premises in order to enforce close monitoring of usage of water by all stakeholders at the University.
 
The university council has been asked to undertake internship arrangement with the college of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology - CEDAT and digitization of the water supply network with in the university to have students assist in fixing some of the areas that require fixing.

 

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Davidson Ndyabahika
Davidson Ndyabahika is a Journalism major from Makerere University and is passionate about investigative and data journalism with special interest in feature story telling.

He has gone through digital and multi-media training both at Ultimate Multimedia Consult, and has attended Data Journalism Sessions at ACME to enrich his capacity in data journalism.

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