National Water Shuts Down Arua Plant, 55,000 People Stranded

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Residents of Arua municipality have been left stranded as National water and sewerage corporation has stopped supply of water because of lack of water in Enyau River

Over 55,000 residents in Arua Municipality and the neighbouring areas are without water, following a decision by National Water and Sewerage Corporation to shut down its water plant in the area.
The plant was shut down over the weekend after River Enyau, the only source of water for the national water body dried up due to prolonged drought.
It is now difficult for residents to get water for both domestic use as well as in other places such as hotels and health centers.
It all started two weeks ago when National Water started rationing water. From Sunday taps have dried up completely.
Susan Mvale, one of the attendants to a patient in Arua hospital says since the water crisis started they have not been able to bath and even cook food because a jerry can of water now goes for 1500 shillings, which is too expensive. She says the hospital has no standby water source like borehole from which they could draw water.
45-year-old Clare Badaru, who operates a local restaurant in River Oli division, says if the water crisis continues for more than a week there is going to be an outbreak of water born diseases since people are now resorting drinking water from dirty sources.
Because of the water problem, Arua Municipal Council authorities are worried that the area will experience a cholera outbreak.  Jackson Dratibi, Arua municipal deputy mayor asks National Water to devise alternative ways of getting water because it is difficult for some residents to buy water that is now being sold by vendors.
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But Christopher Mwandha, the area manager for National Water and Sewerage Corporation says they were forced to shut down the water plant because there was no water.


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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.