Unreliable Water Supply Persists A Year After NWSC Took Over Luweero Towns

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Shortly after the take over, Dr. SilverMugisha, the Managing director NWSC told URN that they would inject 3 billion into the rehabilitation of the water system. He said they would also construct a new water reservoir and buy a standby generator to ensure reliable water supply.

Town councils in Luweero district are still struggling with unreliablesupply a year after  National Water and Sewerage corporation- NWSC took over supply to the towns. In April Last year, National Water and Sewerage Corporation connected town councils in Luweero district on its service.

Shortly after the take over, Dr. Silver Mugisha, the Managing director NWSC told URN that they would inject 3 billion into the rehabilitation of the water system. He said they would also construct a new water reservoir and buy a standby generator to ensure reliable water supply.

However, a year later,residents of Bumbo, Luweero and Wobulenzi town councils accuse the water bodyof failing to live to its promise to ensure stable water supply. James Mubiru,a resident of Kavule Zone says to access water on the taps residents have to wake up between 3 and 5am.

He says waking up at such a time is not only inconveniencing but also exposes them to danger as they could be attacked by thugs. Francis Kiwanuka, the Wobulenzi town council youth councilor says in his area water runs for only three hours each day adding that, sometimes the taps go dry for days without any explanation from NWSC.

Kiwanukasays they are worried that residents may contract diseases because of using dirty water from wells. At Wesige Mukama and Lumu Washing Bays in Luweero town,the workers told URN that they resolved to sink a borehole because the piped water supply is unreliable.

Musa Mutumbaa worker at Wesige Muka Jet Car Wash says that some of their clients had abandoned the washing bay due to lack of water prompting them to sink a borehole to save their business. James Ssekandwa, another resident wonders why NWSC has failed to deliver yet it is a government corporation with funding and expertise to ensure water is available all day.

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Ronald Kisaakye, the NWSC manager Luweero Branch blames the problem on the low water table and uncoordinated power outages due the ongoing works by Umeme to replace old poles.

He says they have already procured a new generator that is expected within the next two weeks to address the power problem.

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Efforts to get a comment from the UMEME office in Bombo town were unfruitful.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.