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Last week, many parts of Kampala went through a major water shortage due to power cuts. By coincidence, the 22 March, 2011 World Water Day theme “Water for Cities: responding to the urban challenge,” aims to highlight the negative consequences of rapid urban population growth, industrialization, conflicts, natural disasters and the uncertainties caused by climate change on sustainable urban water systems, management and quality.
For Kampala, this year’s World Water Day theme is relevant and actually reminds Government, Corporate, citizens and groups, media and other stakeholders of the huge task ahead. But how can a steady clean and safe water supply (source) happen alongside an effective ‘sink’ when only Lake Victoria handles both tasks? And what does it take to get Kampala inhabitants to guard against unsustainable lifestyles that pollute water and add to the burden of its provision today and in the future?
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