- The Shs 10 billion Alwi dry corridor gravity flow scheme project started in 2013 to supply water in nine Sub-counties of Alwi, Pakwach and Panyimur, Panyango, Atego, Kucwiny, Ndhew, Nyaravur, Nebbi and Parombo in Nebbi and Pakwach districts
- The locals especially in Oweko Parish dismantled some pipes over failure to receive water for the last two years since connection
- Northern Umbrella is currently managing the water scheme
- The Ministry of Water officials say they are fixing the anomalies especially in areas where people are not receiving water
By Okaba Patrick
Nebbi- National water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) operating in Nebbi Town are bickering with ministry of water and environment over the management of Alwi dry corridor gravity flow scheme water project.
During press conference by the Senior Sociologist from ministry of water, Mr Kato Mugeiga, says the ministry of water and environment cannot hand over Alwi dry corridor water project to NWSC since NWSC has the highest tariff of Shs 2400 per cubic meter while Northern umbrella charges only Shs 2200 per cubic meter which is economical to the rural people to have access to clean and safe water.
“We are working closely with the management of Northern Umbrella water authority to ensure water supply covers all the areas with water scarcities in rural areas.”
He adds that ministry of water and environment in phase III of Alwi dry corridor water project will extend their water supply to Parombo and Akworo in order to meet the wanting demand for water in the dry spell areas with merging populations.
According to statistics, the Northern Umbrella supplies over 100,000 liters per day to their customers if they have low capacity. The ministry of water signed MOU with Northern Umbrella to manage the water.
Two weeks ago, during a meeting, the managing director NWSC, Dr Silver Mugisha, said: “And for Alwi, I encourage you to put pressure on the ministry of water to handover the Alwi dry corridor water project to National water and you should be able to follow it as district leaders because we have the capacity to handle it. But it is you to push for it.”
Mugisha said the operator must charge Shs 50 per jerrycan but, others are charging Shs 200 which is abnormal to a poor person to access clean and safe water.
The supervisor Northern Umbrella water authority, Charles Ocheng, denied allegations being cited by some leaders in the district that, northern Umbrella has limited capacity to manage Alwi dry corridor water project and yet there is constant supply of water.
“We have ll the capacity to supply water and we have addressed almost 90 per cent of the problems being faced by the communities with scarcities of water in rural areas,” Ocheng said.