The National Water and Sewerage Corporation has cautioned water vendors in Ntoroko district to desist from exploiting customers.
The remarks were made by the corporation’s managing director, Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha during a visit to the flood stricken sub counties in Ntoroko district.
According to the local leaders,the floods displaced over 20,000 people and affected over 3500 homesteads.
“It is unfair to exploit customers who are going through tragedy following the floods that have left many homeless. A jerrycan of water at NWSC’s rate is Shs 25 only. It is absurd that people are taking advantage of the situation to sell it at Shs 300 and above,” he said.
Mugisha promised to appoint temporary caretakers who will ensure that the affected people pay only Shs 25 per 20 litre jerrycan.
He said that the corporation is going to install additional public taps in the affected communities to reduce the power of middle men selling water expensively.
Mugisha said the move will improve access to water and sanitation in the area.
He further appealed to local leaders to work with NWSC to install community taps with cheap water.
Mugisha said NWSC is committed to providing clean safe water.