National water and sewage corporation (NWSC) has yesterday June 11, 2018 signed a contract with Sogea Satom Construction Company for the construction of a new drinking water treatment plant in Katosi, east of Kampala.
The new plant which is estimated to be done within a period of 3 years is expected to produce over 160 million liters of water per day, and boast water supply within the greater Kampala of Wakiso, Mukono and central Kampala.
The additional 160m liters in addition to the current 240m liters produced by the Gaba plants, will make the total drinking water volumes for Kampala water service to 400m liters.
Speaking at the signing ceremony that took place at NWSC Head Office, Silver Mugisha, the Company’s Executive Director, said once the project is completed, it will solve water shortage problem for the next 15 years that has been rampant within the districts of greater Kampala.
“Because of the ever increasing population within the greater Kampala, there has been shortage of water in some parts despite NWSC’s effort to provide reliable water, however once this plant is completed, water shortage with in Kampala will no longer be an issue,” Mugisha said.
The project which will be done in phases and is expected to be completed by March 2021 will cost the government of Uganda with support from the development partners about Shs 370b (Euros 82,213231).
The government of Uganda is expected to provide 20- 30% of the funds, while the rest will be secured as a loan from the European investment bank, the Germany funding agency, the French funding agency and EU Africa infrastructure trust fund.
The money will be used to undertake different works including; 240m liter capacity offshore water intake, 160m capacity drinking water treatment plant, 10m liter capacity reservoir on Nsumba Hill and construction of 10km bulk water transmission pipeline of 1400 millimeter diameter.
The Sogea Satom Project Manager Tejy Andriamaybuongy, said the company has been working on several projects in Uganda and had the required capacity to deliver the project in the agreed time.
“We are glad to have secured this project and we can promise that we will do this project with the utmost quality and deliver with in time,” he said.
Currently, NWSC is undertaking large projects including the 43m liter capacity Bugolobi sewage treatment plant, Arua water supply and sanitation project, Gulu water supply improvement project and Bushenyi-kitagata water supply project.