Inside NWSC’s Plan to Achieve 100% Water Supply

National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) as a Government Parastatal whose mandate is to provide water and sewerage services in urban areas on a commercial and financially viable basis has over the years strategically worked towards achieving 100% water supply and coverage for all urban centers and 30% sewage coverage.

The Corporation’s focus is to ensure water for all, through accelerated sustainable growth and service reliability.

This is in line with the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Government Policy of universal coverage as enshrined in the Vision 2040, National Development Plan (NDP II), NRM Manifesto, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 6).

In its 5-year strategic plan and targets (2016-2021), NWSC committed to Improve urban water supply and sewerage coverage to 100% and 30% respectively, have all cities, towns, trading centres and villages get clean water, extend Water and Sewerage Services for the Planned Industrial Parks and ensure Environmental Sustainability.

According to NWSC, the current water infrastructure is unable to meet the needs of the existing population and threatens that of future generations.

“Thus, there is need for major refurbishments of existing infrastructure and development of new systems to enhance the capacities of water systems to meet the demand. To accomplish this, NWSC has implemented a number of capital development projects using internally generated funds and with support from the Government of Uganda, and various Development Partners aimed at improving water supply and sanitation in various Areas in the last four years, while others are ongoing,” says Silver Mugisha Executive Director NWSC.

Some of the completed Completed Water and Sanitation Projects between 2016 – 2020 include;

Arua Project.


This was substantially completed and the water supply system is under operations. Plant capacity was upgraded from 3,500,000 litres per day to 12,000,000 per day, and an extra ground water system of 4,500,000 litres per day was developed serving over 309,000 people.

Gulu Project

Works for Karuma intake were completed and rehabilitation of the water treatment plant substantially completed. It involved upgrading and expansion of the existing water treatment plant from 4,000,000 litres per day to 10,000,000 liters of water per day

Bushenyi Project

This was substantially completed and the water supply systems is under operation providing an additional 3,150,000 liters of water per day.

Kapeeka Water Supply: NWSC Completed upgrading of Kapeeka industrial Water Supply to 2,500,000 litres per day. Phases 2 that entails system upgrade to produce extra 5,000,000 litres per day is ongoing.

Kampala Sanitation Project:  Government through NWSC completed Bugolobi Waste Water Treatment Plant of capacity 45,000,000 litres per day, rehabilitation and expansion of Nakivubo and Kinawataka sewers (29 km) project, Kinawataka pre-treatment plant and pumping stations of capacity 9,000,000 litres per day.

Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Project: NWSC Upgraded and rehabilitated Gaba water treatment complex including a water storage reservoir of 8 million liters at Namasuba and laying of 9.6 km Gaba-Namasuba pipe line, Construction of a water treatment plant at Katosi East of Kampala of 160,000,000 litres per day is ongoing at 60% completion and Transmission main from Katosi of 56 kms at 85% complete.

Kapchorwa Water Supply Project:

NWSC Completed new water works with capacity of 3,000,000 litres per day and 4,000-metre delivery main.

Fort Portal Water Production Improvement project:

The project increased water production by 2,500,000  litres per day.

The Package sewer treatment plants at Fortportal and Kisoro:

The project involved design, supply, installation and operation of sewage treatment plants for both towns, and was completed.

Masindi Water Production Improvement Project:

The project entailed construction of additional water treatment units to boost water production from 1,700 m3 to 3,700 m3 /day. The project was completed and commissioned.

On-going Water and Sanitation Projects between 2016 – 2020

Sembabule Water Supply Project

The project works aim at increasing water production from 300,000 litres per day to 3,000,000 litres per day. Project works have commenced.

Masindi/Hoima Albertine Graben Cluster Feasibility and Pre-design for the project was completed.

Mbarara Masaka South Western Cluster:

The project aims at upgrading, expanding and developing water and sanitation infrastructure in Masaka, Mbarara and Isingiro, and the neighboring towns. Procurement of works contract for Isingiro and Mbarara is ongoing, while Masaka project component is undergoing detailed design. The project is   expected to serve over 1,000,000 people.

Mbale Project.

The project Involves construction and rehabilitation of water supply and sanitation infrastructure in Mbale Municipality. Procurement is ongoing.

Kampala Water Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Project

New Water Treatment Plant East of Kampala (Katosi). This project will add the much needed 160million litres of water per day to Kampala

Water Management and Development Project (WMDP)-

Gulu Water Supply and Sanitation Project.

This project is aimed at improving water supply and sewerage services in Gulu town.

In addition to completed and ongoing water projects, NWSC has several Planned Water and Sanitation Projects that will commence before 2021 including; Upgrade of the Kapeeka Water Supply system and construction of Sewerage System for the Industrial Park, Wakiso Waste Water and Sanitation Project for the south and western parts of greater Kampala, Integrated Water Management Development Project – Mbale, Gulu and Adjumani, Water Supply and Sanitation Project for Kotido and Kaboong Kyotera Water Works and Bulk Transfer to Neighboring Towns

Development of WatSan for the Hoima – Masindi Areas (Albertine Graben Cluster)

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