Uganda’s Water and Sanitation Crisis

A boy fetching water from a nearby swamp in Koboko district in WestNile. Many people in the rural area trek long distances to fetch water, because the clean and safe water is not easily accessible and not available nearby to them like this boy. Access to major basics needs like clean and safe water is a right to everyone.
A boy fetching water from a nearby swamp in Koboko district in WestNile. Many people in the rural areas trek long distances to fetch water, because the clean and safe water is not easily accessible and not available near to them like this boy. Access to major basic needs like clean and safe water is a right to everyone.

The access to safe water supply all over Uganda is about 63%. Access to clean, safe water and sanitation has improved in the last 9 years, but many communities (both rural and urban) still heavily rely on contaminated water sources like open wells. More than half of all residents in Ugandans do not have access to improved sanitation. Many people use springs and other surface sources that are highly contaminated due to poor drainage and little regulation of waste disposal. They share congested pit latrines and or practice open defecation. As a result, residents collect water from alternate contaminated sources which cause frequent outbreak of waterborne diseases such as cholera and dysentery. In poorly planned urban settlements, residents end up paying three times the price for safe water (tap water) than those living in planned urban communities. But also the highly growing population which is caused by migration strains the available water and sanitation resources.

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