16 March 2007

Uganda: Govt Asked to Construct Boreholes

Kampala — Residents of western Uganda have asked the government to intervene and build boreholes to deal with water shortage in the region.

In a survey by Daily Monitor, respondents asked the government construct water pumps to increase pressure so that all residents can access clean water. Residents said the springs, which are the only sources of water, are depleted.

They asked that the government sensitizes them on the importance of separating grazing water from that for domestic use. They said getting water from ponds where cattle graze is unhygienic and puts people at risk of contracting diseases.

They also requested for a tree-planting programme to facilitate rain formation.

Others attributed the water scarcity to the weather pattern, saying waters would soon flow given the pending rainy season.

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