Safe, clean drinking water remains elusive for many

And like other women staying at the slopes of this mountain, Nabukwasi walks a distance of about 4Km downhill to fetch water from this flowing stream for domestic use.
Dr Muhammad Mulongo, the District Health Officer for Bulambuli says surface water sources are often dirty and hazardous to drink.
Nabukwasi is among the eight million people in Uganda who do not have access to safe water and who do not have access to improved sanitation facilities, according to the 2015/16 report released by Water Aid, an international organisation.
Another report by says 61 percent of Ugandans who lack access to safe water and 75 percent who do not have access to improved sanitation facilities.
A recent report from Twaweza’s Sauti za Wananchi survey says three out of four households access drinking water from an improved source and that eight out of 10 household’s harvest rainwater.
Like should you risk drinking water from the lake, which is free and easy to access, or spend time and money collecting water from an improved source that is further away?” the report adds.
Richard Cong, a commissioner at the Ministry of Water and environment says access to safe and clean water and basic sanitation is a right and one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations.
“Safe water is essential to sustain life and a satisfactory (adequate, safe and accessible) water supply must be available to all human beings, and the government is moving in the direction where every Ugandan will have access to safe and clean water,” said Eng Cong.
Mr Paul Mafabi, the director of environment affairs, Ministry of Water and Environment says water is a fundamental human need and that each person on earth requires at least 20 to 50 liters of clean, safe water a day for drinking, cooking, and simply keeping themselves clean.
He explained that polluted water form the mountains isn’t just dirty—it’s deadly and that many people die every year of diarrheal diseases like cholera, dysentery and many others are seriously sickened by a host of water-related ailments—many of which are easily preventable Mr Mafabi said the United Nations considers universal access to clean water a basic human right, and an essential step towards improving living standards.

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