Kikuube struggles with inadequate water

Children draw water from an open well at Kyakakoizi Village in Kitoba Sub-county, Hoima District.

It has emerged that majority of the people in Kikuube do not have access to clean and safe water services in the district.

Kyangwali and Kabwoya have been singled out as the most water stressed sub-counties in the district followed by Bugambe and Buhimba sub-counties.

The district water officer, Hillary Winyi Agondeze, says that government is aware of the challenge revealing that water coverage in the district stands at 67 percent.

This means 33 percent of the people in the area struggle accessing clean and safe water for domestic use.

Mr Agondeze says poor water coverage leads to poor sanitation and hygiene at home level resulting in people catching water borne and sanitary related diseases in Kikuube district.

He attributes the low water coverage in the area partly to the Lake Albert escarpment in Kyangwali sub-county since the geographical set up of the area pushes the water table far deep compared to other areas that are farther away from the escarpment.

To mitigate the water challenge, the water officer says plans are underway to drill boreholes for people to ably access clean and safe water in urban centres of the district.

Rural areas are not left out. But Mr Agondeze advises village leaders to convene meetings, resolve and write to the district water office demanding for bolstered access to water services to their areas.


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