Supply Of Water To Residents Of Wau Hindered By Increase In Fuel Prices

The area manager for Wau Urban Water Corporation, Engineer Olwak Mugo Yowin says Wau’s water treatment plant has stopped supplying water in Wau town following the increase of fuel prices.

Supply Of Water To Residents Of Wau Hindered By Increase In Fuel Prices
Wau’s Water Treatment Plant [Photo by James Dimo]

By James Deng Dimo

WAU – August 23, 2016 [Gurtong] – “The station consumption {of fuel} is two barrels per day of which the station cannot afford such amount of money because at the end of the month, the station could reach 66 barrels which is 1,748,000 South Sudanese pounds of which the station cannot afford,” said the manager.

He added that funding from UNICEF to support the station has also ceased after the prices of fuel went up in the market.

The station requires fuel in order to pump enough water to supply to the population in the town. “In June, UNICEF was supporting the station with fuel followingour joint agreement to fund the station until the end of the year.

During our agreement, the fuel price was low of which they brought to us 56 barrels which we had used until the end of July so when the price of fuel rose from 9,500 SSP to 33,000 SSP things changed ofwhich we did not receive support again and that is why the station stopped supplying water in Wau,” he said.

He however said that UNICEF Wau office is in contact with the head office in Jubato address the matter.

Yowin noted that that the recent violence in Wau town which forced thousands of people to flee their homes affected the subscription collection pay to the station which would have helped the managementin purchasing fuel.

Wau’s water treatment plant was reconstructed in 2011 supplying over100,000 households within the town and the construction was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at thecost of 8 million dollars.

Today the plant owned by the Wau Urban Water Corp can produce 6,000 cubic meters of water, enough for about a quarter of Wau's population, who previously lacked reliable access to safe sources of water.
 

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