PAKWACH. An official from the ministry of Water and Environment has cautioned tap water users in Pacego parish and the neighboring villages of Panyango Sub County in Pakwach district against mismanagement and theft of the commissioned shs1.6 billion water kiosk project.

While commissioning the water kiosk in Pacego village on Friday, Mr Richard Matua, the assistant commissioner planning and development in the ministry of water and environment advised the locals to own the project in order to save them from trekking long distances in search for clean water.

Matua also warned the locals against illegal connections and instead appealed to them to be watchful of fraudulent acts and report them to relevant authorities for immediate action.

An estimated 500 households are expected to benefit from the water kiosk project that stretches from Pacego to the densely populated Andibo community.

Mr Francis Binega, the Panyango sub county chairman described the project as "deliverance" for the community which has for long suffered from water scarcity.

"The issue of water has been a problem to us and many beautiful girls refuse to marry from here due to the long distance to the river and as a result, many of our young men who have reached the age of marrying have to move and settle elsewhere to get a spouse," Binega said.

He appealed to national water and sewage cooperation, who are mandated to oversee the management and maintenance of the water source not to over charge the local population so as to keep them using the clean source of water.

District officials said cases of water borne disease have been rampant in the area due to unsafe water sources residents have been relying on.

Mr Peter Ngwita, the Angaba village chairperson in Padoch parish revealed that the locals longed for the clean water source, saying they showed commitment by timely applying for connection at shs50,000 each which a total of 125 residents paid.

He called for the need to extend the clean water source to the community of Kweyoakuru in Lobodegi areas where drilling bore hole is a challenge due to the poor soil texture.

As part of their activities in Pacego, national water has also initiated a series of projects including distribution of 600 tree seedlings to be planted along the buffer zones and construction of two stance latrine at Pacego market to promote hygiene and sanitation in the area.