The National Water and Sewerage Corporation is constructing the Gulu Water Supply and Sanitation project to serve over 341,000 people in Gulu, Karuma, Kamdini, Minakulu, Bobi, Palenga, Koro- Abili and the surrounding areas.
The project will draw water from River Nile at Karuma. It will include 72km bulk water transmission main from Karuma to Gulu, 30million litres per/day capacity water intake at Karuma, 10million litres per/day capacity Nile water treatment plant, two 5.3million litres capacity water reservoirs, a Water Pumping station a SCADA system for the new plant and supply system, and a 42 water borne toilets
According to NWSC, the project has already kicked off; The civil works at the water intake in Karuma are complete while Work on the treatment plant, reservoirs and pipeline are expected to commence in June next year and will end by June 2023.
During a tour of the project, NWSC MD Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha said that the corporation is working towards 100% water and sanitation for all residents of Gulu City.
“A few years back, our water source Oyitino dam and the taps in Gulu dried up as a result of the extreme weather conditions in the area.
NWSC through GoU support and working with other development partners embarked on plans to boost water supply reliability in the area.” he said
Dr. Silver Mugisha said NWSC is working on both short and long term interventions. The short term interventions already completed include; Upgrade of Oyitino dam water storage capacity from 2.7B litres of water to now 4.2B litres of water, Improving daily water production from 3million litres of water per day to now 10million litres of water supplied, rehabilitation of the waste water stabilization ponds, Construction of a Faecal sludge treatment plant at Cubu and Upgrading of existing sewers and laid new sewer mains in Gulu City.
The other finished projects include upgrade of the Oyitino dam pumping system from 5million litres of water pay capacity to now 10million litres of water per day, Installation of a 400KVA generator at Oyitino Dam, interconnecting Oyitino Dam 1 to Oyitino Dam 2, rehabilitation of Gulu water works, Upgrade of Gulu city distribution network, 200 community sewer connections and 6 motorised boreholes with installed capacity of upto 2.4milion litres of water per day
Upon completion, the two projects will cater for demand for water services in Gulu and the surrounding towns upto the year 2040.
He urged Gulu city residents to guard the environment jealously and reminded them of the recent effects of extreme weather conditions
Water and Sanitation improvement works are ongoing in Lira, Arua, Parambo, Adjumani, Moyo, Nebbi, Koboko, Bushenyi, Mbarara, Isingiro, Fort Portal, Lugazi, Kampala, Soroti, and in many other towns
Responding to a request for prepaid meters, Dr. Silver shared that prepaid meters are not a service to the people but a medium for efficient revenue collection for the company.
“It makes no sense buying prepaid meters of 1000USD each when some people don’t have water which is a basic need. Let us achieve 100% and then modernise.” he advised.