Water Shortages Bite as River Enyau Dries Up

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Drying up of River Enyau forces National Water to supply water to Arua residents

More than  50,000 residents who rely solely on water supplied by National Water and Sewerage Corporation in Arua municipality, and its surrounding areas, have resorted to collecting water from condemned sources as River Enyau dries up.
River Enyau is the only source of water where National Water and Sewerage Corporation gets water for supply of its customers within and out side Arua municipality.
Residents are finding it hard  to get water for both domestic  business use in places such as hotels, schools, hospitals and health centers where water is urgently needed by the patients.
The water crisis that started early this week worsened last night as residents who used to collect water at night as people waited for supplies but in vain. 
John Butele, the manager of Orphalos restaurant in Arua town, says the water problem has greatly affected business
A jerry can of water drawn from the borehole has shot up from  500 shillings to 1000 shillings.  
Arua municipal council authorities are worried that if the situation continues, the area could  experience an outbreak of cholera.

 Jackson Dratibi, the  Arua municipal deputy mayor, ask National Water to devise alternative ways of getting water. 
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Officials of National Water and Sewerage Corporation in Arua have refused to comment on the current crisis. 


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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.