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Uganda Minister: Cattle Corridor Lacks Access To Clean Water

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“While national figures for access to clean water show considerable improvement; there are a number of districts and sub-counties, especially within the dry belt/cattle corridor, which still face a challenge of in accessing clean water.”

“For example, available data shows that 38 districts out of the then 79 (June 2011) still have access to safe water (in the rural areas) below the national average of 65%,” notes Mutagamba.

“The ministry recently prepared an updated Water Supply Atlas 2010 for Uganda which also reveals that there is inequity in service provision within the districts which needs to be addressed. Therefore, the Water Atlas is going to serve as a vital reference document to the district leaders during process of resource allocation for new investments.”

She says the Ministry is in the process of constructing valley tanks and earth dams to provide 3,000 million cubic meters of water in the cattle corridor.

“So far, 52 valley tanks have been constructed under the Strategic Interventions Program for Export Promotion under the Agriculture Sector,” says Mutagamba.

These are of capacities ranging from 6000 m3 to 10,000 m3 at parish level in the districts of Luwero, Nakasongola, Mbarara, Kyenjojo, Rakai, Masindi and Sembabule District.

Mutagamba assures the nation that these facilities have greatly water for livestock storage in those areas.

SUCCESSES

She also announces a tremendous achievement so far gained in the struggle to give Ugandans clean and safe water.

“In the urban areas, access to clean, safe water has improved from 56% in 2006 to 66% by June 2011. In the rural areas, access to clean safe water has improved from 63% in 2006 to 67% by June 2011,” says Mutagamba.

The technologies for water supply in Uganda include protected springs, shallow wells, rain water harvesting tanks, piped gravity flow systems, boreholes, pumped-piped ground water abstraction systems (with limited treatment), and conventional pumped-piped surface water abstraction systems with treatment plants.

Mutagamba says major physical achievements in the rural areas during the period 2006-2011 include:- 3,766 shallow wells constructed; 1975 protected springs; 3722 deep bore holes; 518 gravity flow systems (gfs) with 3,240 tap stands; 92 piped water systems in rural growth centres; rehabilitated 2,319 boreholes; and 3,892 rainwater harvesting tanks were constructed; and 429,227 household latrines.

For rural water supplies, emphasis on technology selection for a given location is put on the cheapest feasible option which is within the capacity of the beneficiary community to operate and maintain, according to the minister.

“The more expensive options (such as pumped-piped water abstraction systems with/without treatment) are usually the preferred options for rural growth centres/towns. It should however be noted that the potential for the cheapest options (like springs and shallow wells) has almost been fully exploited in most districts, and therefore the more expensive options (piped water schemes with borehole sources) are being developed,” she affirms.

HOUSE HOLD

The National Household sanitation coverage has increased from 59% in 2006 to 70% as of June 2011 (according to MoH data).

Mutagamba says the biggest challenge faced by communities are the poor soil conditions (Collapsing, water logged, rocky) and inadequate knowledge of appropriate technological options.

“However, most of the districts have tried to improve latrine coverage through enactment and enforcement of sanitation bye-laws and application of the Publi8c Health Act (PHA), although it should be noted that almost half of the districts still have no ordinances, while others have not been approved by the solicitor general, a process which takes a long time.”

The ministry, in collaboration with the MoH has printed copies of the Public Health for distribution and sensitization of districts on the process of enactment and enforcement of the sanitation bye-laws.

About 80% of the districts (June 2011) carried out home improvement campaigns aimed at increasing and improving the sanitation coverage.

A National Hand-washing campaign was launched in October 2010 and has been rolled out in 30 districts.

Expand services of NWSC to cover all municipalities & major urban areas

The National Water and Sewerage Corporation services (NWSC) have now been expanded from 19 towns/municipalities in 2006, to now cover 23 municipalities and towns such as Kampala-Mukono, Jinja and Entebbe-Kajansi among others inclusive of 30 other satellite towns which are supplied by the 23 NWSC systems.

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