Ugandan springs contaminated with sewage, chemicals

UGANDA – According to engineer Sotti Bomukama, the Director at the Directorate of Water Development in the Ministry of Water and Environment, water samples from nine spring wells in Kampala were tested and out of those, only two had water with acceptable coliform (feces) levels, which means that most water that people use is contaminated.

As the rains fall, water dashes down slopes with all sorts of filth including feces, oil spills, pesticides from agricultural fields and heavy metals including zinc and lead.

All the filth eventually ends up in the surface water bodies (lakes, rivers and wells) – the major source of raw water for Kampala residents. Although most residents ignorantly believe water from the springs and wells around Kampala is safe, it is not.

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Source : The Monitor (Kampala)

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