Severe Water Crisis Hits Ryakarimira Town Council

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Jimmy Kwarija, a resident of the town council, says the prolonged drought has not helped the situation.

Ryakarimira town council in Kabale district is struggling with a severe water crisis following the breakdown of the generator that powers the water plant. The town council has been dependent on the gravity water flow scheme connected to Lake Bunyonyi.

The gravity water scheme stopped working four months ago following the breakdown of the generator plunging the town council into a serious water crisis. Ryakarimira town council, which is found along the Uganda-Rwanda border, is home to thousands of people especially the business community.

The gravity water flow scheme has also been the biggest source of water supply to Rubaya health center IV, Rukore Community polytechnic, Rukore Primary school, Rukore High school, Kitooma, Rwanyana and Mugandu parishes in the neighboring Rubaya sub county.

The nearest source of natural water for the town council residents is the neighboring Rubaya sub county. Currently, a 20 liter jerry can of water in Ryakarimira town council costs between Shillings 1000-1500.

Gad Mbareba, the caterer Rukore high school, says the absence of water in the town council has had serious implications to the school. According to Mbareba, on average the school needs 60 jerry cans of water for cooking each day.
Scovia Ayebare, one of the residents, says she spends at least four hours to get 20 liters of water from unsuitable water sources or else she has to folk out money to buy water from vendors. According to Ayebare, they have made several pleas to the concerned authorities to resolve the water crisis in vain.

Jimmy Kwarija, a resident of the town council, says the prolonged drought has not helped the situation.
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Jordan Tumwekwase, a boda boda rider in the town council is in brisk business of fetching water for residents. According to Tumwekwase, he earns between Shillings 35,000 to 40,000 each day because of the water crisis compared to the past when he would only make Shillings 20,000.
Enock Kazooba, the Ryakarimira town council LC 3 chairperson, says currently residents trek to the hilly areas in search of water. Kazooba says he has already notified the district authorities to fix the water supply problem.
Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale LC V chairperson, says they have set aside undisclosed amount of money to fix the generator and restore water supply. He however, didn't disclose when they expect to resolve the problem.


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