Residents of Ntenjeru-Kisoga town council in Mukono district want to be paid for the damage that water from the broken pipes at the Katosi water works did to their property.
On Wednesday evening, the water pipe from the Nsumba reservoir that feeds the Ssonde reservoir burst at Naluwala in Kisoga town council, which saw water flooding gardens and homes.
The fast-running water washed away gardens of sweet potatoes, maize, cassava, and coco yams. The water also destroyed or affected two homes. Richard Ssemakula, one of the affected residents, appeals to the National Water and Sewerage Corporation to compensate them for the destruction.
Sereve Mbaziira, another resident, says that besides compensating them, NWSC should assess the entire pipeline to avoid similar disasters. Serious cracks have developed in the area where the pipe was laid. Mbaziira notes that even where the pipe burst, it started with cracks.
Rehema Namuyanja, a councillor at Ntenjeru-Kisoga town council, says that several people are bound to lose their property unless something is done to avoid similar incidents in the future.
Even though engineers from Katosi water works were able to stop the water from flooding the area, Sam Apadel, the communications officer at NWSC, says that a team will be sent out to assess the situation and figure out how bad the damage is before they do anything.
Recently, Johnson Amayo, the Deputy Managing Director in Charge of Technical Services at NWSC, told the National Economy committee of parliament that they have had to reduce the scope of the piping network because of funding shortfalls.