Water Shortage Hits Luweero As Boreholes Breakdown During Dry Spell

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In Katikamu sub county, the LC 3 Chairperson Sam Sserunjogi explains that atleast 50 boreholes are currently non functional after communities over stressed them.Sserunjogi adds that only 35 boreholes are currently working but only 12 boreholes can produce safe water.

The current dry spell has escalated the breakdown of boreholes plunging Luweero district into acute water shortage.
 
Local leaders and residents' report indicate that atleast 110 boreholes in the district have broken down.Over 50% of the boreholes have broken down in the dry spell between December 2014 to February 2015 .The most affected areas include Kamira, Kikyusa, Butuntumula, Katikamu, and Zirobwe among other sub counties.
 
In Katikamu sub county, the LC 3 Chairperson Sam Sserunjogi explains that at least 50 boreholes are currently non functional after communities over stressed them. Sserunjogi adds that only 35 boreholes are currently working but only 12 boreholes can produce safe drinking water.
 
In Kamira Sub County, only 25 boreholes are functional and eight have broken down. Livingstone Kategeya the LC 3 Chairperson says that due to the dry spell, the demand for water has been high for domestic use and animals something that had lead to public to over stress existing boreholes.
 
Kategeya adds that even alternative water sources have dried up and efforts for local residents to contribute for repairs of boreholes have hit snag over poverty.
 
Imran Mukiibi the LC 5 Councillor for Butuntumula Sub County explains that some boreholes needs not more than 100,000 shillings but communities are waiting for district intervention.Mukiibi adds that user committees are also inactive which have made it difficult to manage the boreholes.
 
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Residents lead by Henry Kalule of Kamira Sub County say that they are now trekking between 3-7 kilometers to look for alternative water sources that include valley dams or scarce functional boreholes.
 
Sarah Namuganga of Keera village in Kamira subcounty noted that they are currently sharing water with animals after their borehole broke down and they failed to repair it which has put them at risk of catching diseases.
 
In some villages, residents have abandoned some key sanitary activities that include bathing to save the little water available for cooking food whereas others pay upto 900 shillings to get a jerrycan of water.
 
Robert Kalenzi the Luweero District Water Officer  says that they have managed to repair and construct only 14 boreholes in ongoing  2014/15 financial year but they are financially incapacitated to handle the high rate of breakdowns.
 
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According to local leaders and district reports, a borehole in Luweero serves a population of 600 people against the planned 300 people.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.