Monday, 3 September 2012
KASESE MUNICIPALITY WANTS MORE WATER TO SERVE INCREASING POPULATION.
Authorities in Kasese Municipality have asked the National Water and Sewerage Corporation to boast the water supply to all areas of the urban center that is currently the third fastest growing town in the country.
The Mayor Kasese Municipality Godfrey Kabyanga says that the water supply in the municipality can not fully serve the 12600 people dwelling in the urban area that is also a tourist destination in the country.
The Mayor said as long as the current water infrastructure can not accommodate the population in the Municipality, many people will continue to drink from running rivers.
“Kasese Municipality is the third fastest growing municipalities behind Gulu and Arua, so the need for water is so high. People need water but the current infrastructure does not accommodate the stretch of the growing town.
He was speaking at the launch of the customer week organized by the National Water and Sewerage Corporation at the Branch offices in Kasese town on Monday. As part of the launch activities, the NW&SC painted Zebra crossings on Kasese town’s main and busiest street, Margarita.
The water in Kasese Municipality was planned for only the area covered by the central division in the 1970s before other areas were developed in the following decades. The water body is celebrating 40 years of existence since President Idi Amin in 1972 declared it a government parastatal, serves only 5000 customers in Kasese Municipality.
The water coverage in the Municipality by the National Water and Sewerage Corporation is about thirty percent of the entire town.
Kabyanga also revealed that plans for Bishop Masereka Medical center to be elevated to a full flagged hospital have been hindered by the scarcity or lack of water in Rukoki ward where the investor has procured land.
But the branch manager NW&SC Stanley Kamugisha said plans are underway to boast the water in most parts of the country and Kasese inclusive.
Kamugisha added that government has revealed negotiations with the Chinese government to fund the countrywide drive to improve on the water coverage beyond the twenty one districts being served currently.
The Deputy Resident District Commissioner Kasese, Mr. Aminadabu Muhindo asked the NW&SC to link with the district water office to identify more potential water sources for new gravity flow schemes that can serve even beyond the municipality.
Muhindo however tasked the water company to embark on routine water source maintenance in order to avoid diseases and other water related risks.