The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has cautioned water vendors against exploiting customers.
The caution was announced by the corporation Managing Director (MD), Eng Dr Silver Mugisha, during a visit to the flood stricken sub-counties in Ntoroko district.
“It is unfair to exploit customers who are going through tragedy following the floods that have left many homeless. A Jerry can of water at NWSC’s lowest rate is Shs25 only. It is absurd that people are taking advantage of the situation to sell it at Shs300 and above,” he said.
The MD promised to appoint temporary caretakers who will ensure that the affected people pay only Shs25 per 20 litre of a Jerry can.
Dr Mugisha said that the corporation plans to install additional public taps in the affected communities to reduce the power of middle men selling water expensively adding that this will also improve access to water and sanitation in the area.
He also appealed to local leaders to work with NWSC to install community taps with cheap water.
The local leaders told the MD that floods displaced more than 20, 000 people and affected more than 3,500 homesteads.