Mityana Water Crisis Enters Week 2

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Mityana town has been hit by severe water supply crisis following the breakdown of the piped water system. Ssebulime Gonzaga, the acting town clerk, says the problem started two weeks, ago, when the water system, run by the National Water and Sewerage Cooperation (NWSC) broke down.

Mityana town has been hit by severe water supply crisis following the breakdown of the piped water system.
 
Ssebulime Gonzaga, the acting town clerk, says the problem started two weeks, ago, when the water system, run by the National Water and Sewerage Cooperation (NWSC) broke down.
 
He says unknown people, vandalized the transformer, at Nakatongole village, where the main pumping machines for the water system are located, and since then, the engineers are no longer able to pump the water without power.
 
On Wednesday afternoon, NWSC managers for Mityana branch and UMEME officials together with town council leaders were locked up in a meeting for over eight hours.
 
Ssebulime said that for the past two days, they have been trying to find a solution to the problem but are hopeful that a new transformer will be installed.
 
Ssebulime says NWSC officials are aware of the problem and working to rectify it.
 
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Most affected are the traders with in the central business area who are not able to fetch water from the wells outside the town.
 
Currently, hundreds of people are trekking long distances to fetch water from the wells.
 
As a result of the water shortage, many boda boda cyclists have switched to ferrying water for those who can afford to pay.
 
A jerrycan of water now costs between 500 to 800 shillings. This is up from the usual 200 shillings cost.
 
Some of the residents who spoke with this reporter expressed their frustration at the water shortage recurrence.  
 
Nankabirwa Susan, a resident of Kiyudaya, says for the last two years, Mityana has suffered serious water shortages more than three times.  She wonders when the authorities will think of constructing alternative wells for the town council residents.