Gulu—22, 7 2020: Experts have advised the Gulu City Council Authority (GCCA) to ban the use of pit latrines within the City area.
Mr Robert Towler, an expert in urban development and water transport and currently working with Fichtner as a project manager, has given the counsel to newly born Gulu City.
He wants the GCCA to design other ways of sewerage disposal in the City than pit latrines, which he says has taken the highest percentage compared to flash toilets.
“The latter is environmental friendly,” he adds.
Towler further explains that since the highest population of Gulu City dwellers still relay on borehole and spring waters for both consumption and domestic usages, he claims that these water sources are highly contaminated by different pit latrines across the City.
“Pit latrines has highest percentage of contaminating underground water than flash toilets and are expensive and require verse land for shifting it in case it’s full than flash toilets which are always drainable, and are environment friendly,” expert added.
Gorge Aligech Lapir, the President of Gulu City Development Forum (GCDF) who spoke to our Gulu City based correspondent, says they will include the expert’s advice in their report to the City Council so that it’s adopted as a working document.
He added that since most of the dwellers in Gulu City consume water from the aforementioned water sources, there is a need to protect them from water diseases likely to be caused by contamination through numerous pit latrines.
On the other hand, 80 percent of Gulu City residents are said to be using pit latrines and over 70 percent of the dwellers depend on borehole and spring waters for home consumption and domestic consumptions.
A paltry percent of dwellers are on tap and rain waters, this publication has learnt.