PAKWACH. Mr Swaib Toko, the Pakwach resident district commissioner (RDC) has urged the district water officers to expedite the process of connecting safe water to the rural parts of the district.

Toko identified the community members of Alwi zone in Alwi sub-county and those of Munduriema, Olandu in Panyimur sub-county as the most hit by an acute shortage of clean water hence subjecting them to the high risk of contracting water-borne diseases.

"The political agenda to have safe water to all villages by 2021 is curtailed by factors of physical accessibility and affordability without any discrimination. The price for piped water should be as cheap as fifty shillings to avoid water rationing," he said.

Toko made the remarks during the water sector planning and advocacy committee meeting on the status of clean water accessibility in Pakwach district at Pakwach town council hall on Wednesday.

During the meeting, Toko tasked the district water office to find out why boreholes in some villages failed to function upon rehabilitation in the hard to reach areas.

"School children are not taking water in schools on grounds that the water is brownish and salty yet some of the boreholes were repaired recently," he said.

Toko urged the community of Alwi to also consider using Andibo dam water to increase the production of agriculture to alleviate household poverty.

Mr Benedicto Oweknimungu, the district water officer admitted that the district is still grappling with clean water accessibility as it still stands at 54 per cent with rural functionality standing at 70 per cent.

Oweknimungu said the water sub-sector and the district have the primary responsibility of constructing water points in rural areas but he quickly added that the district is understaffed.

"With only two staff moving to the field to ascertain water quality analysis every day is a challenge since we have to move to Nebbi where we share the only machine for that purpose," he said.

"The locals have a poor attitude of not consuming safe water but they instead depend on the nearby River Nile as their main source of water and that is our biggest challenge which needs serious mindset change sensitization,” Oweknimungu stressed.