Last evening, President Yoweri Museveni commissioned the recently refurbished National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) Ggaba Water treatment plant that will add 50 million litres of water per day to Kampala Water supply Area.
Whereas demand for water in Kampala is 240 million litres per day, NWSC has been supplying 190 million litres.
The commissioning of the refurbished plant will help bridge the supply gap.
To meet the population explosion in Kampala Metropolitan Area, NWSC has also completed plans to construct a second water treatment plant in Katosi to the east of Kampala.
This plant will add 160 million litres of water per day to Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso.
The New plant will meet the demand for water in Kampala up to 2040.
-12km bulk water supply pipeline Ggaba-Namasuba.
The beneficiaries of the project include:- Namasuba, Kikajo, Seguku, Nfufu, Zana, Ndejje, Lubugumu, Kyengera, Nateete, Lubowa, Najjanankumbi, Mutundwe, Masaka Road and the surrounding areas.
-8 million litre water Reservoir on Namasuba which is bound to increase water production from 190million liters per day to 240 million liters per day
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Musevevi urged Ugandans to desist from pollution, encroachment, deforestation among many environmental degradation activities.
“I encourage all Ugandans encroaching on swamps to peacefully leave. We can all see the effects of climate change. God created swamps, forests and swamps as natural cover. Not for you to build homes and encroach on! NWSC is spending a lot of money in water treatment and purification, swamps are natural sieves/filters let us protect them for the betterment of our daily lives,” The President said.
The 42m Euros plant was jointly funded by the Government of Uganda, French and German Cooperation agencies, the EU and the European Investment Bank.
The commissioning on the plant puts NWSC on course to deliver water to every individual under their area of operation by 2018.
The Kampala Water-Lake Victoria WATSAN project, in Ggaba is aimed at promoting sustainable social –economic growth and improved health through access to safe water there by contributing to poverty eradication efforts of government.
“It has been designed to increase coverage, reliability and access to clean, affordable, economically viable water supply and sanitation for dwellers in Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono and Wakiso Districts. This new project will consequently add over 50million litres of water per day to Kampala Metropolitan,” NWSC MD Eng. Silver Mugisha said.