Water Shortage Hits Nansana, Kawempe Areas

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Water crisis has hit most areas in Nansana Municipality and Kawempe Division including Kibwa, Lugoba, Kazo, Nabweru and Katooke.

Water crisis has hit most areas in Nansana Municipality and Kawempe Division including Kibwa, Lugoba, Kazo, Nabweru and Katooke.
 
These suburbs have not had piped water flowing for a combined period of about two months according to the residents. The residents argue that most of their taps are dry and now the only option they have is to go to the spring wells where they get free water but at a cost of lining up in long queues.  
 
However, a one Maama Kawo told URN that since their area in Katooke experienced water shortage, they have always been fetching water from a distance close to a kilometre where a jerrycan of water goes for 1000 Uganda shillings.  
 
In other areas such as Kibwa, Justine Kyarikunda, a resident in the area, notes that water costs have also been high as a result of the crisis in the area.

She adds that a jerry can in that area ranges from 500 to 800 Uganda shillings, and previously, it has been at a maximum of 300 shillings.

A URN reporter in the area observed that the crisis could be as a result of the water pipes which were cut during the ongoing road construction works in Katooke, Kibwa and Kisumu areas.
 
Some residents however say the water shortage in these areas has been recurrent, accusing government and National Water and Sewerage Corporation ( NWSC) of failing to rectify the problem.
 
Samuel Apedel, the Public Relations Officer at NWSC says the Corporation is to send its teams to fix the problem as soon as possible.
 
"There is uncoordinated infrastructure development, pipes are being cut by the road contractors but our priority is to supply water to all our customers. We are not going to argue with the contractors," said Apedel.