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Byline: Gerald Tenywa
Water scarcity is likely to hit Uganda by 2035, according to the 2009 review report by the Ministry of Water and Environment.
Per capita water availability will drop to 896 cubic meters per year, below the international threshold of 1,000 cubic meters. Water stress will hit Uganda even earlier, by the year 2020. The available water will have dropped to 1,480 cubic metres per person, per year, by then, down from the current 2,000 cubic meters.
The report attributes Uganda's future water problems to high population growth and economic development. "Although Uganda currently has ample freshwater resources, the per capita availability will …