Arua Bans Consumption of Borehole Water

Basing on the study carried out on all boreholes in the municipality, the Arua district health department has decided to ban the consumption of borehole water.

Women line up for Water at a Borehole
Women line up for Water at a Borehole

The finds showed that the water is contaminated with human waste and this not good for human consumption.

In an effort to prevent the outbreak of diseases such as cholera, the residents were advised to use piped water supplied by National Water and Sewerage Corporation because it is thoroughly tested and for those who cannot access piped water should make sure that they boil water before use.

Charles Asiki, the mayor Arua municipality has backed the decision by the health department to ban the consumption of borehole water citing that it will reduce on the risk of a deadly disease outbreak.

The ban on the consumption of borehole water has not gone down well with residents. Many of the residents say they lack access to alternative water sources yet water from National water and Sewerage Corporation is not affordable to some communities.

Sarah Bako, a resident of Gurua cell in Arua Hill division said that much as they have a water kiosk next to them it is not affordable because a jerrican of water costs 200 shillings.

She then revealed that on average she uses five jerricans of water each day, which is too costly for her family.

Residents have appealed to Arua municipal council to liaise with National water and Sewerage Corporation to improve water supply to their area so that the ban on borehole water can be implemented.

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