KASESE. Water pipes in Kasese Town have been broken or left exposed after more than 16 hours of rain last Friday. These pipes convey pumped water from mountains to lower land.
As such, the town dwellers have since last Saturday been living without piped water supplied by National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC).
The NWSC manager for Kasese District branch, Mr Stanley Kamugisha, said the destruction caused by floods, left the corporation with no option.
“We have failed to rectify the problem given the huge amount of water. We are looking for the excavator to re-channel the river (Nyamwamba) before we fix the problem,” he said.
The manager expressed fear that the water crisis would take long if the company does not get the machine to recourse the river.
“We apologise to our esteemed customers [and ask them] to bear with us as we look forward to rectifying the problem soon,” Mr Kamugisha added.
The manager appealed for help in order to save the community from using contaminated water.
Ms Mariam Muhindo, a resident of Kasese Town, said they have resorted to using dirty water from River Nyamwamba for domestic use since they have no alternative.
“We are used to taking the contaminated water from River Nyamwamba since NWSC has never been reliable even when floods have not hit,” she said.
The water scarcity in town has not spared hotels, restaurants, lodges and bars.
However, the crisis has boosted the boda boda business. Mr David Maseraka, a boda boda rider, said: “We are in good business this time since I can fetch as many as 50 jerrycans of 20 litres a day. I can go home with Shs50,000 a day which is unusual. The water is bad but we have to fetch it,” he said.
Ms Lillian Natukunda, another resident, said she harvests rain water and sells a 20-litter jerrycan of water between Shs500 and Shs1,000.
“I have increased the price of water from Shs200 to Shs500 and Shs1,000 per 20-litre jerrycan because I want to reduce the congestion and demand. I fear that if I sell it cheaply, my tank may go dry before it rains again,” Ms Natukunda said.
Last month, the district environmental officer, Mr Augustine Kooli, warned of more floods as the rainy season starts.
He said de-silting the river now is equal to wasting money since the deposition will be done as rain continues, adding that government needs to focus on the cause and not the symptom.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor