By Vivian Agaba
National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has announced plans to increase water supply to many of the dry areas in and around Kampala by August 2015.
To achieve this, the Corporation plans to build sewerage treatment facilities within the drainage areas of Bugolobi, Ggaba and Namasuba, under the Kampala sanitation master plan, a move they say will solve Kampala’s water supply and drainage problems.
While taking an inspection tour of some of the water treatment plants in Ggaba on Thursday, Dr. Silver Mugisha, the executive director NWSC said currently, water demand is higher than supply in Kampala, leaving out some people without water especially in dry zones of Mutundwe, Namasuba, Kyengera, Lubowa, a problem that needs to be addressed.
Ongoing works at Ggaba II water treatment plant in Ggaba-Kampala
“Currently, only three million people in Kampala can access clean water for home consumption while one million people in Kampala still lack water. We need to meet the water demands of the remaining one million Ugandans living in Kampala,” said Mugisha.
Mugisha asked the Sogea Satom and Civil Works contractors working on the Ggaba II water plant project to speed up and complete works within the scheduled time to meet the water needs of those living in dry zones.
Aphisa Nashindano, the site engineer Civil works, said the contractors are committed to doing quality work within the scheduled time and by August 2015; those in dry zones of Kampala shall be able to access clean water.
With close to 10 kilometers of pipe line that is set to be laid, NWSC believes they will successfully supply over 230 million liters of water in a bid to connect most of the dry areas to a reliable water supply.
Among other water plants visited are the Bugolobi Sewerage treatment works whose ground works are in their final stages. This plant is being constructed to improve the sanitation situation in Kampala, together with the deteriorating water quality in the inner and out Murchison bay of Lake Victoria.
Eng. Johnson Amayo, deputy managing director, technical services NWSC said the Bugolobi sewerage plant project will generate electricity from the use of biogas chambers and will also cover the construction of a sewer pipeline that will help improve liquid and solid waste in Kampala.
The project, whose deadline is set for June 2015, is worth 51 million Euros and is estimated to achieve 100 percent coverage of proper waste collection and disposal in Kampala by the time of its completion.