Residents of Busoro Sub County in Kabarole district have embarked on repairing water sources in order to access clean water and improve sanitation in their homes. This follows failure by the district authorities to repair the water sources that have been non-functional for more than two years.
Through community work, the residents above 18 years go to the water sources and work manually. They repair the water sources, plant trees and clean around the sources.
This follows failure by the district authorities to repair the water sources that have been non-functional for more than two years. Some of the water sources that have been repaired include bore holes, shallow wells and water springs. The residents have also constructed fences around the water sources to avoid being destroyed.
Felix Mujuni, a resident of Humura village in Busoro Sub County, says that residents started the initiative after the district showed reluctance to repair the water sources. He says that in the past, they have been moving long distances to collect water from dirty swamps. Mujuni says that last month, residents contributed 500,000 shillings to repair the four bore holes which had been non-functional for a year.
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In Kiculeta village, the residents contributed 600,000 shillings and repaired three water springs and two boreholes. Francis Businge, a member of the village water source committee, says the response of the residents has been good. Businge says that they couldn’t wait for the endless promises from the district to repair the water sources. He says residents are also being encouraged to pay water user fees and contribute in any other way towards improving the water sources.
As part of community work to improve the sanitation of the homes, some residents and members of the water source user committee also visit the households to monitor hygiene and sanitation in homes and advise where they are lacking.
Susan Kakyomya, a member of the water source user committee, says that although communities are repairing the water sources, the district local government shouldn’t sit back. She says that the district should also contribute funds to repair the water sources, since sometimes members of the community may lack funds.
Kakyomya also says that the district water department should stop boasting of providing safe water to 75% of the population in the district and yet what is on the ground is quite different from the official statistics.
Pius Katuramu, the Kabarole District Water Officer, welcomes the initiative of the residents, but says the district's priority is to construct new water sources in areas where few exist, but not repair those that are non-functional.