NEBBI. The Parombo water project in Parombo Town Council, Nebbi district which was slated to start in July 2019 has failed to take off after surveyors hit four dry wells.
Mr Denis Etonu, the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) Nebbi branch manager in an interview in his office on Wednesday, confirmed the development, saying they cited four sports but unfortunately the areas do not have enough water.
“We had even started drilling at those sites but we hit dry wells. We have engaged our surveyors again to widen their coverage in trying to cite new spots with enough water,” Etonu said.
He said NWSC is committed to serving the population of Parombo, adding that they are working hard to ensure that people get the water they deserve.
“If the surveyors get water at the new sites, they are going to drill two motorised boreholes which will pump water for the community and this will cost over shs2bn. Otherwise, the best and cheapest option would be tapping water from Namrwodho or Alwi dry corridor project but because of government policies, this has not been possible,” Etonu explained.
He urged the local leaders to engage and work with the ministry of water and environment if they are to get water soon since Alwi dry corridor is directly under them.
But Mr Focus Warom, the district councillor representing Parombo noted that there is too much politics in the water project, a reason it is failing to start.
He argued that Parombo has water only that the surveyors were taken to survey wrong spots.
“They should involve the local leaders and the community because they are the ones who know the best spots with water. I personally, don’t believe that Parombo is dry at all,” Warom said.
Ms Doreen Acan, a resident of Parombo Town Council said all their hopes were on the project due to the looming water challenge in the area.
She, however, noted that its failure to commence has totally disappointed them.
Acan said during the dry season, a jerry can of water goes for shs1000 while during the rainy season, one has to pay shs500 to get a jerry can of water for domestic use.