National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) on Thursday signed a contract worth sh200 billion with two construction companies to construct a modern sewerage treatment facility.
By Cecilia Okoth
KAMPALA - National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) on Thursday signed a contract worth sh200 billion with two construction companies to construct a modern sewerage treatment facility.
The money, given to them by the European Union (EU), the German government through KFW and the African Development Bank will construct a water waste treatment plant of capacity 45,000 cubic metres per day.
The construction companies include OTV France and Roko Construction Company and cementers.
William Muheirwe, The Managing Director NWSC said the special features of the treatment plant will include generation of 0.7 megawatts of power to meet power needs of the facility, treatment of waste water from Nakivubo channel.
Muheirwe also added that the plant will also cater for smell control and operations and maintenance by the contractor for at least three years.
The Minister of Water and Environment, Maria Mutagamba who presided over the signing ceremony said government has adopted improved sanitation and hygiene as one of the key national development strategies for eradicating poverty.
“We as political leaders look at this project as a positive contribution to the future of the country and therefore today is a milestone in our development agenda as we propagate environmental sanitation in practice,” said Mutagamba.
The minister said that the project comes at a time when the population in Uganda and Kampala in particular is rapidly expanding. “This project will serve people in urban poor areas like Kinawataka and Nakivubo,” she said.
However Mutagamba cautioned that the project can be a hazard if it is not well constructed and supervised.
“We look forward to that element of controlling bad smell in Kampala. I do not feel comfortable whenever I pass this Bugolobi area. I actually pity those who work there and have to deal with it every day. I am sure this project will help us close a loop hole in sanitation,” The minister said.
Muheirwe said the Kampala sanitation program aims at addressing the most immediate sanitation needs for the metropolitan Kampala dwellers and promote on site sanitation and hygiene for the urban poor population mainly living in informal settlements.
He also added that it will automatically protect the quality of the water in the inner Murchison bay of lake Victoria.
The sewerage system in Kampala which was built over 60years ago and only covers part of the central business district, translates to about 6% piped sewerage coverage. The bulk of the people in the city rely still on site sanitation facilities or open defecation.
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