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FACTS ABOUT MUTOMO » WATER SITUATION

Lack of fresh water is a predominant problem in this area. It is possible to extract water through boreholes, but without treatment this is most often too salty for consumption or irrigation. Rivers are far away. Up to 2010, rainwater has therefore been the primary source. Rainwater is collected 2-4 km from the centre of the village in some crevices in the rock, which have been enlarged by cement walls. During the rain periods much water may be collected for use in the dry period. The water is transported in 20 litre plastic cans, usually by donkeys. There are also some earth dams where rain water is collected. When the crevices and dams dry up many people have to fetch water from distant (up to 20 km) rivers, which usually still have water during drought beneath the dry sandy surface.

A pipe line, constructed in 2010, now brings water for about 10 000 people from wells in Ikanga, about 40 km away, to the people living along the pipe line and to 3 tap stations in the centre of Mutomo location. This water is clean but not so tasty, because of a saline content.

The long and tiresome transport and distribution of water is one cause for children not to attend school as in many families the children are used for the transport. We therefore give very high priority to water projects