15 February 2011

Uganda: Water Shortage Persists in City

Kampala — Water shortage has continued to plague parts of Kampala with some areas going for an entire week without water. Some parts of Makindye have gone for three days without water forcing residents to crowd at nearby streams in search of water.

Nsambya has not had water since Saturday while in Ntinda and Bukoto, Kasoma Road Zone, water has been on and off for two weeks. "I have been using water from the tank for the past three days, I have no idea when the water will flow again," says Ivan Kanyesigye, a resident of Makindye.Some areas, however, had water last week and received it at the weekend. These include; Dungu Zone in Kisaasi, Namugongo Kyaliwajala zone, Nakulabye, Entebbe Abayita Ababiri zone, some parts of Kiwaatule, Mpererwe, Rubaga and Kansanga.

It is not uncommon to see people moving with jerrycans in search of water. "The queues were always long and we would waste a lot of time waiting," said Sandra of Rubaga Division, who faced a week-long water shortage.

The Managing Director National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Mr William Muhairwe, said pipe repairs in some parts of the city were the cause of the problem. "Makindye had repairs of some major pipelines in the barracks, we are finishing them today and we hope the water shortage will end." For Kisaasi, the water body boss said people making roads tended to cut water pipes and burying them unrepaired.

Mr Muhairwe, however, said he was not aware of water shortages in other areas, but said there were areas with chronic water shortages such as Kyaliwajala, Kulambiro and most places on hilltops. He said the problem is being fixed in such places.

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