By Mildred Nambi
Residents of Mityana town are facing a water crisis which has lasted over two weeks.
The acting town clerk Ssebulime Gonzaga, , attributed the crisis to the breakdown of the National Water and Sewerage Cooperation (NWSC) system.
He says unknown people, vandalized the transformer, at Nakatongole village, where the main pumping machines for the water system are located, and since then, the engineers are no longer able to pump the water without power.
Ssebulime said that for the past two days, they have been trying to find a solution to the problem but are hopeful that a new transformer will be installed.
Ssebulime says NWSC officials are aware of the problem and are working to rectify it.
Most affected are the traders with in the central business area who are not able to fetch water from the wells outside the town.
Currently, hundreds of people are trekking long distances to fetch water from the wells.
As a result of the water shortage, many boda boda cyclists have switched to ferrying water for those who can afford to pay.
A jerrycan of water now costs between 500 to 800 shillings. This is up from the usual 200 shillings cost.