Uganda: 1 Million Residents in Wakiso Use Unsafe Water, Says Cao

Uganda: 1 Million Residents in Wakiso Use Unsafe Water, Says Cao.
However, in many rural and peri-urban areas in Uganda, access to clean water is still a distant dream.
Latest figures indicate that safe water coverage currently stands at 43 per cent, which translates to only 860,000 residents with access to safe and clean water compared to the estimated population of two million people residing in the district.
This means that about 1.14m residents draw water from unprotected sources.
"In fact, we need to guarantee provision of certain basic needs for our people and clean water is among them," he said in an interview on Wednesday.
Wakiso is currently pushing for a city status, but the district is still faced with myriad challenges, ranging from poor road network, poor urban planning, especially in Nansana Municipality, poor health services and dilapidated public schools.
"While we think about developing the country, Wakiso District should be the priority district.
Its development will ease the pressure on Kampala city," Mr Lokuda said.
Wakiso District director of water services, Eng Isaac Galabuzi is optimistic that provision of water will improve with time.
As the Financial Year comes to close, the district has so far drilled 20 boreholes, two motorised wells, 30 hand dug wells, rehabilitated 16 boreholes, designed two rural growth centres piped water supply systems and 269 water sources tested.

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