By Solomon Hamala
A Local Nongovernmental Organization has partnered with the Ministry of Water and Environment to provide a water purifying machine to residents of Busundya landing site in Buwoya Parish, Banda Sub County, in Namayingo district.
While launching the plant yesterday 14th April 15, 2021, the Coordinator Ministry of Water and Environment, Aisha Brick said research shows that water in Namayingo district is not fit for human consumption as a result of being mixed with several minerals.
The NGO, Sustainable Tech provided a water purifying machine called SAAFH AQUA –O WATER TREATMENT UNIT at a cost of 85,000 dollars.
Speaking at the same function, the President Sustainable Tech, Patel Prakash said the water purifying machine installed at the Busundya landing site is a pilot project intended to save locals from being exposed to using dirty water drawn from Lake Victoria
Prakash said the purifying machines will be installed in other districts country wide in case it’s a successful story in Namayingo.
Most residents of Namayingo have refused using borehole water arguing that it is salty and is not good for cooking. Consequently, women have had to walk long distances to fetch water from Lake Victoria encouraging domestic violence from suspecting husbands.
Relatedly, residents have fallen prey to the killer crocodiles who lay in wait at the Lake Victoria shores.
Ten people have so far lost their lives after being eaten by crocodiles as they went to fetch water at Busudya landing site this year alone.
The LC one chairman Busudya landing site, Adiru Okello said majority of the victims eaten by the crocodiles are women.
The LC 5 chairman Namayingo, Ronald Sanya said majority of residents have resorted to using water drawn from the lake shores saying the one from boreholes is salty and not fit for human consumption.
One of the residents, Florence Akello said she once drew water from Lake Victoria to boil beans but it took over five hours to get ready yet it could spend less if case the water was clean.