Residents warned against planting trees nearer to water catchment areas

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RUKUNGIRI– The Rukungiri District Chief Adminstrative Officer Elias Byamungu has urged the people of Bwambara Sub County to stop planting eucalyptus trees near the water catchment areas saying that the trees drain the water sources.

Mr Byamungu made the remarks on Friday February 19th 2021 while leading a district delegation that commissioned the recently constructed 4 medium water springs in Bwambara Sub County and Bikurungu Town Council.

According to Byamungu who is the Rukungiri District Accounting Officer, the water springs which include Nyamihuku, Rweisigiro, Omukikomo and Nyamitooma are functional and in use. These were drawn on the District Water Supply and Sanitation Conditional Grant for the year 2020/2021.

He also said that 5 Shallow Wells have been constructed in Nyakatembe, Kihimbi and Nyakabungo villages and a rain water tank is to be constructed to collect water before it’s served to the community.

According to Rukungiri District Water Officer Twekwase Deus, the rain water tank is expected to serve the entire population of Kikarara parish and it will be managed by the Community Members with their user regulations led by James Tumushabe who was selected by the area committee.

At this juncture, CAO Byamungu asked the people of Bwambara Sub County and Bikurungu Town Council to own these water projects since they are the direct beneficiaries.

The team also presided over the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a planned Rain Water Tank in Rwesigiro village with a capacity of 30,000 literally with a house and also multipurpose market stalls to promote trade in the area.

The Chairman of Rweisigiro village Tumwesigye Kezekia said that the residents have been challenged with water scarcity and thanked the CAO for considering their area to benefit from the project.

He however said that most areas in Rweisigiro and other areas have never benefited from electricity distribution and asked the governmemt to consider them in the next phase.

Bwambara Sub County Chief, Henry Kamugisha, hailed the District team for considering the area to benefit from the project saying that Bwambara is a water stressed area.

He reminded the Chief Adminstrative Officer that the area did not receive enough mosquito nets and called upon the District leaders to consider giving them more.

Kamugisha added that the malaria incidence has increased in recent months because of lack of mosquito nets in some homes.