Water shortage has hit Kabale Town following the breakdown of the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) pump at Lake Bunyonyi last Thursday.
Majority residents are drawing water from streams and springs in the outskirts of the town. Vendors sell a 20-litre jerrycan of water at between Shs1,000 and Shs1,500.
NWSC is the main supplier of clean water to the population of about 40,000 people in Kabale Town. The NWSC Kabale branch manager, Mr Daniel Munyaneza, said on Monday they were working hard to fix the pump.
“We have already secured a new water pump and a standby generator at our pumping station on Lake Bunyonyi so that we can solve the issue of water crisis. We have not been able to pump water for the last three days because of pump break down and unstable power due to unpredictable load shedding,” Mr Munyaneza said.
Mr Ronald Tiboruhanga, a cyclist said water shortage has been a blessing because he earns at least Shs60,000 per day from sale of water he fetches from the protected water springs in the out skirts of the town. “I fetch about 40 jerry-cans of 20 litres each from the nearby protected springs and sell each at Shs1,500. If the crisis is not solved, we shall raise the cost to Shs2,000 because the competition at the protected water spring has increased since it is the only alternative,” Mr Tiboruhanga said.
Mr David Tibemanya, the senior administrator at Kabale Referral Hospital, said that they are fetching water using jerrycans and the hospital vehicles to keep the health facility running.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor