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EXCLUSIVE: NWSC Embarks on New 160millon Litres Katosi Water Works

The National Water and Sewerage Corporation has started works on the construction of the new 160million litres per day Water Treatment Plant in the Eastern part of Kampala at Katosi.

The combined water production of Katosi and Ggaba Water Treatment Plants will cater for the growing demand for clean water services in the greater Kampala Metropolitan Area up to the year 2040.

Eng. Denis Taremwa, the Manager Water Supply Infrastructure Development, shared that the “conceptual designs for the new Water treatment plant are done and procurement of contractors is ongoing.”

Construction of the 55km bulk heavy duty DN1,400mm transmission mains, including a 15,000litres capacity water reservoir at Sonde hill and booster station in Namugongo have already started.

The land for the construction of the New Water Plant at Katosi and 60,000 litres capacity water reservoirs at Nsumba hill in Mukono has already been secured.

The NWSC MD Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha says the Corporation has embarked on various infrastructure service delivery projects, and the Katosi water project is one of those meant to “address the current and future water supply needs for Kampala.”

Mugisha (L) opening a water facility recently

He further intimated that such projects are also being implemented in other towns, notably; a new Water Works at Karuma and a new 70km bulk Transmission Main from Karuma to improve water supply in Gulu town, water supply stabilisation plans in Kapchorwa, Sembabule, Masindi, Arua, Isingiro, Rakai, Bushenyi, Fort Portal, Moyo, Kotido, and Kaboong, among others.

Dr. Silver added that NWSC working with the Government of Uganda and the Ministry of water and Environment rolled out a new programme SCAP 100. (Service Coverage Acceleration Programme) to extend water services to over 12,000 villages in Uganda.


In addition, 140,000 new water connections, 20,000 public stand pipes and over 8,000kms of water mains extensions will be installed by 2020 under the SCAP 100 programme.

In a bid to improve sanitation, the Corporation is working on the largest Sewage Treatment Plant in East and Central Africa at Bugolobi with capacity to generate 630kw of power from Biogas, serve a population equivalent of 380,000 people  and treat over 45million litres of wastewater from Nakivubo channel and Kampala city.

This will help improve the quality of water draining into the lake.

Other sanitation improvement projects currently ongoing include; Construction of new Plants in Kinawataka, Nalukolongo, Arua,  Packaged Sewage Treatment Plants (the first of the kind in the country) in Fort Portal, Kitgum, Kasese and Masaka. The Corporation has successfully piloted the technology in Kisoro Town.

Dr. Silver added that the Projects are in line with the Corporation’s Five Year Strategic Direction 2016-2021 whose focus is on: Smart Systems, Business Continuity, Infrastructure Growth, Financial Growth and Sustainability, Customer and Stakeholder Delight, Productivity and Capacity Building.

“We shall not rest until we achieve 100% service coverage in Uganda.” the NWSC MD has pledged.

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