The National Water and Sewerage Cooperation (NWSC), with help of French Development Agency and other partners, is racing to meet and exceed the Kampala metropolitan maximum water demand of 300 million liters per day.
Currently, Gaba Water Works is producing 240 million liters of water daily for the population of Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono, growing at 4.8% annually.
The urban poor suffer the most as the increasing population exerts pressure on the available water supply.
In line with the National Development and Vision 2040, Uganda in January signed Shs 1.1tn (270m €) credit facilities with French Development Agency AFD) to support access to clean water and sanitation in greater Kampala and South Western Uganda.
Few months down the road, NWSC has installed 1,600 prepaid water meters, commonly known as water ATM, in the urban poor neighborhoods in the metropolitan region according to PRO Sam Apedel.
“The prepaid water meters charge users the NWSC standard price of Shs 25 per 20 liters container,” said Apedel.
The initiative involving development of bulk storage reservoir associated pumping main, distribution system a faecal Sludge treatment plant and supply of Water in Informal Settlements in this area aims at improving the quality of life, health and economy of people in the greater Kampala.
Meanwhile the construction of 160 million liters water treatment plant in Katosi, Mukono, meant increase the water supply of water to 400 million liters is expected to be completed and commissioned in January 2021.
The South Western Cluster water and sanitation meant to serve Masaka, Mbarara, Isingiro and surrounding areas is undergoing detailed design and work to start in August next year.
AFD has committed 1 billion euros in Uganda over the last 20 years, with more than half during the past two years.
Commitments support a more resilient and more inclusive development with a focus on infrastructure including water, sanitation, energy and urban development, including urban transport; preserving the environment and enhance adaptation to climate change; supporting job creation, access to finance as well as social and environmental good practices in the private sector