The Government of Uganda through National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) launched the Service Coverage Acceleration programme aimed at extending services to over 12,000 villages across Uganda by 2020.
Under the new program, NWSC plans to Install 140,000 new connections, 20 000 public standpipes and over 8000kms of water mains extensions by 2020 under the SCAP100 programme.
On friday, NWSC MD Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha, Bushenyi-Ishaka MP Arinda Gordon Cowboy and area stakeholders commissioned water mains extensions in Kyabumbaire and Kibaare villages in Bushenyi-Ishaka Municipality.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha shared that the 2kms and 9kms water mains extension to Kyabumbaire and Kibaare villages are lined with the SCAP 100 programme.
He said that the NWSC sells the a jerrycan of water at Shs 25.
“We recommend that water vendors sell a jerrycan of water at only Shs 50. Please report vendors who over price water. The Government of Uganda through NWSC is working to make the water affordable to all citizens of Uganda,” he said.
Dr Silver appreciated the residents for the cost sharing initiative. The residents offered to trench for themselves, which made pipe laying easy.
“We applaud the residents for the warm reception and cooperation while we worked to extend the services.”
Bushenyi-Ishaka municipality MP Arinda Gordon Cowboy appreciated NWSC for successfully implementing Government programmes.
He advised the residents to use the water to improve their lives and health.
NWSC plans to install at least two water points in every village by 2020 under the #SCAP100 programme.