The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has cautioned water vendors to desist from exploiting customers through hiked water prices.
The remarks were made by the Corporation’s Managing Director, Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha, during a visit to the flood stricken sub counties in Ntoroko district.
Floods due to heavy rains that have been experienced in the area displaced over 20,000 people and affected over 3500 homesteads -according to local leaders.
The ensuing situation of shortage of clean water has been exploited by middlemen to hike prices of water supplied by NWSC in the area.
“It is unfair to exploit customers who are going through tragedy following the floods that have left many homeless. A jerrycan of water at NWSC’s lowest rate is 25shs only. It is absurd that people are taking advantage of the situation to sell it 300shs and above,” he said.
The MD promised to appoint temporary caretakers who will ensure that the affected people pay only 25sh per 20 litre jerrycan.
Dr. Silver said that the corporation is going to install additional public taps in the affected communities to reduce the power of middle men selling water expensively. This will also improve access to water and sanitation in the area.
He further appealed to local leaders to work with NWSC to install community taps with cheap water.
Ntoroko sater supply system covers abstraction transmission line of 1.86km, 44kms of transmission mains to Kanara, 15.2kms of transmission main from Kanara to Rwangara, and 5.16km of distribution network in kanara sub County.
NWSC plans to extend 20kms of water mains to Karugutu.
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