194,000 People in Karamoja now have Access to Clean Water

ater user committee of Kacheri opening water on Friday during the commisioning of piped water in Kacheri (photo by Steven Ariong)
Water user committee of Abim with the ministry of water and environment officials checking on a water system(Photo by Steven Ariong )
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Moroto, Uganda:  Unlike the past when families in Karamoja used to share water sources with animals, now the statistics from the Ministry of Water and Environment show that the challenge of water in Karamoja was in high gear to be addressed.

According to the survey by this publication, at least every village has obtained a water source, be it piped water or a borehole, closer than in the past.

Officials from the Ministry of Water confirmed this, stating that over 194,000 people no longer share water sources with animals.

Mr. Patrick Ocero, the manager of the Water Umbrella for Karamoja region, told this publication that the Ministry of Water was soon hitting a target of providing clean water to every household in Karamoja.

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“Out of 550 villages in Karamoja, we have covered 266 villages fully with clean water, and we are remaining with 284 villages to be served,” he said.

Mr. Johnson Opige, the Engineer from the Ministry of Water and Environment handling Urban Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Karamoja, said in the next five years to come, water shortage in Karamoja will be history.

“We have constructed 37 small towns and Rural Growth Center water supply systems across the nine districts of Karamoja, and they are under the management of Karamoja Umbrella of Water and Sanitation, and they are fully functioning,” he said.

Mr. Paul Lokol, the district chairperson of Nabilatuk district, acknowledges that the coverage of clean water in Karamoja was improving unlike in the past years.

“At least now we can say the government is addressing water shortage in Karamoja because our people don’t have to overmove to get water for domestic use,” he said.

Rose Narimi, one of the health educators in Napak, said they were no longer experiencing high cases of diarrhea because people have access to clean water.

John Lote, a resident of Nadunget sub-county in Moroto district, said women in their village were no longer experiencing attacks by cattle rustlers due to long-distance walking for water.

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