BY JESUS OKELLO OJARA
AMURU: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER, 20, 2021
Communities in Lajalula parish, Lakang Sub County in Amuru district are struggling to access clean water for both commercial and domestic uses.
Concy Auma, a restaurant operator and a business woman in the small trading center in Lajalula parish disclosed that her customers are losing trust in her food business since the only unprotected well that serves the whole community is too dirty to be taken by human beings.
“It is really hard to give the dirty water to the customers because the dirty water which flow from the hill top to the unprotected well contaminates the source,” added Auma.
Everline Ajok, also a resident of the area further noted that this contaminated and unclean water is causing numerous infections to the children in the community.
Ajok added that her children got infected with typhoid as a result of drinking the waters from the unprotected well and many children from her neighborhood have also gotten infected with diseases related to drinking contaminated and unclean waters.
“I am really ashamed of our local leaders since they are not caring about the health of us though we have elected them into offices,” cried Ajok.
Robinson Pai-olem, the Amuru district water officer stated that the community of Lajalula parish should pick an interest form through their local council one and the sub county and submit the completed form to the district.
“The community should first show interest and submit the required interest forms to the district where I will pick them and hence allocate funds for the borehole,” added Robinson.
He further noted that in the last financial year, they managed to drill only two boreholes in the whole Lakang sub county which has an overwhelming population of over 3000 residents.
He however blamed the delay in the drilling of water sources in the district to inadequate funding that the water department received and he disclosed that in this financial year, only six boreholes will be drilled in Amuru district.