Bugolobi sewage plant to improve sanitation in Kampala-NWSC MD

Bugolobi sewage plant to improve sanitation in Kampala-NWSC MD

The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) Managing Director Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha has shared that the construction works of the largest sewage treatment plant in East and Central Africa is substantially complete.

Sharing the plant specifications during a press conference at the NWSC Head office in Nakasero, NWSC MD, Dr.Eng Silver Mugisha said that the ongoing work near Centenary Park and the Electoral commission, is part of the final sewer mains interconnection works for the new plant.

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“The works at Electoral commission commenced on 9th November 2018 and will go for 21 days. Our contractor Sogea Satom, Uganda Police, KCCA and other stakeholders are working together to ensure that the road users are not inconvenienced during the working hours ( 10pm and 5am.) We request the Public to bare with us and follow traffic diversion guidelines, especially at night.” he said.

Bugolobi Sewage treatment plant

Dr. Mugisha said that the plant will treat 45 million litres of waste water daily and generate over 630kw of power using biogas for use in the plant.

The plant will help clean Kampala city by diverting and treating waste water from the heavily polluted Nakivubo channel before releasing into the Lake Victoria.

“The foul smell at Wankoko Bugolobi will be no more. The new plant uses nuisance free technology and bio-filters and will not smell. It will serve the needs of 850,000 people.” he said.

He shared that chemical processes have been introduced in the treatment stages to help reduce algae and subsequently improve the quality of water on Lake Victoria.

The Project encompasses an ultra-modern sewerage treatment plant in Bugolobi, a sewage pre-treatment plant in Kinawataka, a sewage pumping station on Kibira road and over 31 kms of sewer network.

The new plant will serve Naguru, Ntinda, Nakawa,Bugolobi, Kyambogo, Kinawataka, Banda, Kasokoso, Butabika and the surrounding areas.

Other areas include; Old Kampala,Kiseka Market area, Kololo, Nakasero and the surrounding areas.

Sewage overflows
Dr. Mugisha assured the Public that the corporation has built capacity to handle any sewage over flow, anywhere in the system.
“NWSC has highly equipped routine maintenance and emergency teams which are just a call away. You can reach us on our toll free lines 0800300977/0800200977, call the Senior Manager sewage services manager on 0772486350 or reach us on our social media pages.”

He urged the Public to desist from removing sewer manholes and dropping solid water materials i.e polythene bags, clothes, bottles etc). These items block the sewerage system and cause occasional blockages and overflows.

Water Quality
The Director Business and Scientific services Dr Rose Kaggwa assured the public that no emerging raw water challenge can defeat the proficiency of the NWSC water quality experts.

According to Dr. Rose, the corporation maintains its treated water quality within the National and International drinking water standards.
“We carry out periodic validation tests with the National Bureau of Standards, Water Quality Department of Ministry of Water and Environment and internally accredited private water quality and analytical laboratories.”

Dr. Kaggwa added that the corporation water quality team also tests for physical chemical and bacteriological compliance. “We also have internal capacity to scan and quantify the presence of heavy metals (Cadmium, chromium, aluminium, mercury etc) and trithalomethanes (THMs). Our compliance levels in this regard remain unquestionable,” she said

Quantity of Water Available to customers
The Director Engineering Services Engineer Alex Gisagara said that NWSC exercises due diligence in making sure that customers receive adequate amount of Water .
“However, once in a while, we get occasional constraints in terms of power supply and changes in raw water quality. We maintain a constructive engagement with relevant stakeholders to help in ensuring adequate water supply.”

Eng Gisagara shared that are water quality changes, for example, the recent one in Lake Victoria where the lake turned over. We are managing this through proper and and professional water treatment and quality management techniques. NWSC boasts of highly qualified water engineers and water quality experts that are always available to manage any emerging challenges.

2040 water supply Horizon
According to Dr. Mugisha, the combined water production of Ggaba water works and Katosi water works (under construction) will cater for the growing demand for clean water services in the greater Kampala Metropolitan area up to the year 2040.
“Land for the construction of the New Water Plant at Katosi and 60 million litres capacity water reservoirs at Nsumba hill in Mukono has already been secured and the contractor is on ground.” he said

Director Engineering Services Engineer Alex Gisagara added that the construction of the 55km bulk heavy duty DN1,400 transmission mains, including a 15 million litres capacity water reservoir at Sonde hill and booster station in Namugongo are ongoing.

Katosi water works when completed will produce 160 million litres of water and cater for the growing demand for clean water services in the greater Kampala Metropolitan area.

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