Opit market facing acute water crisis


Opit market in Omoro town council. Photo by Ojara Daniel

By Ojara Daniel

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The vendors’ leader, Ms Amono says the only borehole has broken down.

Omoro—29, November 2020: Opit market in Omoro town council Omoro district is facing acute water catastrophe.

Rose Amono, the chairperson Opit market venders association, tells TND News the market has been in water crises since the market was relocated to its new site.

The relocation took place in December 2019. Amono says the only borehole has broken down.

TND News’ Omoro based correspondent, Daniel Ojara has confirmed the breakdown.

According to Amono, the “unreliable functioning borehole near the market was used by hundreds of town dwellers including market traders”.

This publication has learnt that town council dwellers who used to use the borehole can now walk more than 5km searching for clean water.

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“With reported cases of cholera in same part of the country and open defecation in the area (Omoro town council), locals fear fetching from open water sources like dams and swamps,” Ojara reports.

Mr Okella Kwoo Walter Lukwia, the Omoro town council LC3 chairperson, says the problem of water crisis will be “solved soon by the end of this year 2020”.

At the moment, Lukwia says the market venders should continue carrying their water in a container from home to help them, adding: “Because as the authority of town council we are still planning to take water tap to the market soon this year.”

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