Civil works are nearing completion at the Katosi Water project.
The laying of 55 km of pipelines to bring drinking water to the Kampala Metropolitan Area, including Katosi, Nsumba, Mukono, Seeta, Namungongo and Naalya is almost complete and the electromechanical work is also underway.
It is anticipated that the project, upon completion, will lift over 240m litres of water per day to the Kampala water metropolitan service area.
The construction project is being carried out by Suez International, a subsidiary of the French Suez group, and by Sogea-Satom, a subsidiary of the Vinci construction group, based in Paris, France.
The installation will be accompanied by a pumping station at Namugongo near Katosi.
The water will be pumped from Lake Victoria. The station will also have a water reservoir with a capacity of 15,000 m³ at Sonde Hill.
As a matter of fact, Water demand in Kampala is about 300,000 cubic metres per day, while current production is about 230,000 cubic metres per day, the reason NWSC is building a drinking water plant in Katosi to add 160,000 m³ of water per day.
The corporation is optimistic that the combined water production from Ggaba and Katosi will meet the water demand until 2040.
The Katosi water treatment plant will also be equipped with a modern laboratory to improve water quality monitoring and management, a compact wastewater treatment plant, a treatment and incineration plant for settling sludge.
While appearing for a radio talk show days back, Eng Silver Mugisha, the Managing Director NWSC assured the Country that NWSC services will be all over Uganda in few years to come.
“We are optimistic, in the next few years, we will definitely have reached everywhere with clean and safe water for everyone. As NWSC, we are also doing some good work on sewage. Though it’s quite expensive, given the revolve we have, we are going to ensure we tackle that area and make sure that Ugandans are accessible to safe sanitation services,” Mugisha said.
NWSC is on a task to reach out to all regions of the Country, equipping Ugandans with clean and safe water as well as good sewage treatment system under its water improvement projects.
The Katosi project is part of major projects to rehabilitate and extend the developing drinking water supply network in Kampala.
The project is financed through a Euro 150 million loan from the French Development Agency (AFD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) (€75 million each), a €20 million grant from the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), an €8 million investment grant from the European Union Fund for Infrastructure in Africa (EU-AITF) and a €34 million contribution from the Government of Uganda.
Other water projects currently under works include Busia, Adjumani, Isingiro-Mbarara, Masaka, Hoima, and Kacheka industrial park among others.