Women Demand Increased Access to Clean and Affordable Water

A group of women including activists and slum dwellers have made a plea to government to increase accessibility of clean and safe water. They say that scarcity of water has reduced productivity among women since they spend unpaid hours walking long distances to find clean water.

This they say further exposes young girls to the risk of defilement as well as mortality rate for expectant mothers.

On Monday, generic the group participated in a 5 kilometers ‘Water Walk’ organized by Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) to raise awareness on the need for safe water before they handed a policy statement to the Minister of Water and Environment.

Speaking at a discussion held at the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWCS) International Resources Center after the walk, cheap the UWONET Executive Director Rita Aciro Lacor said women and girls face too many challenges related to health and human rights as a result of inaccessible and unaffordable water.

“Women in some places walk as far as 3kms to access water which deprives them of as much as 6 hours which could have been used to develop themselves economically or even participate in public work, ” she said.

Aciro added; if water isn’t affordable, there’s no way we are going to develop. Contaminated water has health implications. It has contributed Sepsis which increases maternal mortality that in Uganda is already at alarming levels.

One of the women participants who resides in Ntinda police barracks told ChimpReports that; “During times when the NWSC water is not available, we find it difficult to get clean water from the other unprotected sources. One of the sources is close to a sewerage trench but since water is life, our options are limited and we must use it,” she told us.

Others decried the high cost of water especially in urban areas where a jerrican goes for as much as Ugsh 500.


However Alfred Okoti Okidi the Acting Managing Director NWSC said the high water costs are brought about by operators even when the providers deliver it at a cheaper cost.

“We give water to the operators at Ugsh 37 but they end up selling it to the end user at Ugsh 500.

However, we are introducing stand pipes which are designed in a way that prices won’t exceed the ones NWSC sets,” Okot said.

Eng. Charles Eyatu who represented the Minister of Water and Environment government plans to install a water source in very village by 2025. He also revealed that a new technology has been piloted in Bugiri where boreholes use solar energy to reduce costs and environmental damage.

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