Gulu Water Crisis Deepens As Reservoir Runs Dry

Children play in a dried Oyitino dam, the main source of fresh water supply for Gulu town residents

National Water & Sewerage Corporation has suspended pumping water to 140,000 customers in Gulu town and its suburbs after Oyitino dam, as the main source of water, completely dried up.

To supply Gulu with adequate water, the National Water & Sewerage Corporation (NW& SC) needs to pump over 480,000 cubic litres per day for residents.

This is the second time in two years consecutively that Oyitino dam is drying up due to prolonged drought.

In a letter dated April 22, 2017, National Water & Sewerage Corporation Gulu area officials announced that they have stopped pumping water with effect of Friday, April 21, 2017 since there was no water in Oyitino.

Normal water supply will only be restored if the rain resumes, according to NW& SC officials. On Sunday it heavily rained in Gulu, raising hopes among Gulu town residents

The corporation has also put announcements over local FM radio station in Gulu town to inform its customers.

In an attempt to address the severe water problem, National Water installed two pumps in Onang and Mican. But the two pumps can only supply 600,000 litres a day instead of the 5 million litres demanded by the growing Gulu’s population.

Early this month, an attempt by the management of National Water & Sewerage Corporation (NW& SC) Gulu area office to resort to rationing water to its customers within Gulu town and its suburbs has failed.

The Gulu LCV Chairperson, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi described the situation as worrying.