Lake Victoria Environmental Project, Phase Two (LVEMP II)

Lake Victoria Environmental Project, Phase Two (LVEMP II)

The second phase of the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project (LVEMP II), that ran from 2010 to 2017, was a regional project covering the EAC partner states. The project was funded by the World Bank. In Uganda the project activities were implemented in the Katonga watershed, lakeshore areas and some selected towns of Entebbe, Kampala, Jinja and Masaka in the Lake Victoria Basin.

The higher Development Object of the LVEMP II was to contribute to the EAC’ s Vision and Strategy Framework for Management and development of the Lake Victoria basin – “a prosperous population living in a healthy and sustainably managed environment providing equitable opportunities and benefits”

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Project Goals and Objectives.

The project development/goal environmental objectives were to:

  1. i) Improve collaborative management of the trans-boundary natural resources of LVB for the shared benefits of the EAC Partner States; and
  1. ii) Reduce environmental stress in the targeted pollution hotspots and selected degraded sub-catchments to improve the livelihoods of communities, who depend on the natural resources of LVB.

NWSC’s contribution in the project was towards point source pollution control and prevention, particularly Rehabilitation of Wastewater Treatment Facilities. In this regard, the main activities of the project included feasibility studies, detailed design and rehabilitation of the Kirinya Sewage Treatment Ponds.

In addition, procurement of water quality analysis equipment was done, namely; the Atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS) – for heavy metals analysis, and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) – for organic compounds mainly pesticides, algal toxins. This has helped to improve the Corporation’s capacity for water quality monitoring and quality assurance.

Furthermore, the corporation benefited by procurement of an assorted sewerage maintenance equipment, namely, two Diesel Dredgers, a Tipper Truck, a Backhoe Loader, a Jetting/Cesspool Truck and a self-loader. Training of key staff for operation of basic maintenance of the laboratory equipment and sewerage maintenance was done, facilitated by the representatives of the manufacturers.

Last week, the Minister of Water and Environment Honourable Sam Cheptoris officially handed over the equipment to the corporation that was well represented at the colourful event.

The team led by DMD Technical services, Eng Johnson Amayo was comprised of Director Engineering service, Mr. Alex Gisagara, KW GM Mr. Andrew Sekayizi, SM Kampala Eastern Zone, Mr. Otto Pacific, Manager Sewerage Services, James Miteki, SM Water supply Moses Bigabwa, PR Manager Samuel Apedel, Principal PR KW Vivian Newumbe Branch Manager Bwaise, Mrs Musoke, Media officer Mr. Hans Ruyonga and yours truly.

NWSC remains committed to water for all for delighted customers by a motivated workforce.

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