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Parliamentarians tour NWSC Water and Sanitation projects in Kampala

This week, The Parliamentary Committee on the National Economy toured NWSC Water and Sanitation projects in Kampala service area.

The purpose of the visit was to assess the progress of projects under the Kampala Water Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Master Plan (KW-LVWATSAN).

The Committee assessed the progress of the refurbishment works at Ggaba water works geared at adding 50 million litres of water per day to Kampala service area.

The committee also appraised themselves on the progress on the construction of a new 240 million litres per day water works in Katosi to the East of Kampala and the associated 60KM bulk water pipeline.

They also toured the largest sewage treatment plant in East and Central Africa under construction in Bugolobi Wankoko.

The combined water production capacity from the Katosi and Gabba plants will cater for demand for water services until 2040.

Some of the work being undertaken includes network restructuring and rehabilitation in Kampala, extension of water supply to informal settlements, laying of 32kms of sewer mains extensions among others.

The new Bugolobi-Nakivubo waste water treatment plant will treat 45 million litres of waste water per day and it will also treat water from the heavily polluted Nakivubo Channel before releasing the water to Lake Victoria.

The sewerage treatment plant will serve a people equivalent of over 380,000 and generate over 630kw of power from Biogas.

Whereas the Ggaba refurbishment works are complete, the Bugolobi Nakivubo Sewerage Treatment plant is 90% complete.

The Director Engineering Services Alex Gisagara assured the committee that the corporation is working around the clock to deliver the projects and improve the lives of the people of Uganda.

Speaking during the tour, the Deputy Managing Director Technical services Engineer Johnson Amayo appreciated the support from the Government of Uganda, KFW, EU, EIB, AFD and other development partners supporting the institution as it strives to better water and sanitation services in Uganda.

The Chairman committee on the National Economy of the Parliament of Uganda applauded NWSC for putting the funding it received to good use. “I was the Finance Minister when this loan was approved. I’m happy that it’s been put to good use,” she said

In her closing remarks, Hon Sydda Bumba urged NWSC management not to lose momentum. “As you have witnessed all committee members are sharing constructive feedback and successful NWSC stories. NWSC works with private sector ethics which is rare for a parastatal. “Please keep up the good work”, she added.

As a result of the deterioration in raw water quality in Lake Victoria, coupled with the current demand for water services in the greater Kampala Metropolitan area of 250 million litres and is expected to increase to over 350 million by the year 2025, NWSC in 2010 initiated the Kampala Water Lake Victoria Watsan (KW-LVWATSAN) project with the intention of providing a long term solution to the water supply challenges in the city.

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