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NWSC’s Katosi Water Plant to be Commissioned Early Next Year

National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), Kampala Water top management team on Wednesday visited site for the new 240million litres per day design Capacity Water Treatment Plant in the Eastern part of Kampala at Katosi that has been under construction since January 2019

The project, officials said, will be ready for commissioning and operations in February 2021. Currently, total project progress is at 58%, total pipe length is 51km, DN 1400 is at 33.2km laid out of 38km, DN 700 is at 3.2km out of 12 km while the SONDE reservoir works at 35

According to Kampala Water General Manager, Eng Mahmood Lutaaya, the combined water production from Katosi and Ggaba Water Treatment Plants will cater for the growing demand for clean water services in the greater Kampala Metropolitan Area up to the year 2040.

“The demand for services in Kampala is growing each day as a result of the mushrooming developments in various parts of the city. We are planning to serve over 7.5million people in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono up to 2040.” he said.

Eng Lutaaya added that as Katosi gets on board, NWSC is implementing a number of water supply stabilization plans to boost water supply reliability in various parts of the city.

Upon completion, the Katosi plant will be the first and biggest plant in East and Central Africa using the AquaDAF and AquaZur technologies.

The state of the art plant being constructed by Sogea-Satom and Suez International shallower under the supervision of GkW Tractebel and Alliance consultants and is funded by the Government of Uganda, the European Investment Bank, The German Funding Agency KfW, The French Funding Agency AfD, and the EU Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund.

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It shall incorporate water recycling and sludge thickening to minimise plant losses and promote environmental conservation.

The new Plant shall also house;

  • A 500m offshore abstraction pipeline into Lake Victoria,
  • A scada system that will be integrated with the existing NWSC installations,
  • A modern laboratory to enhance water quality monitoring and management,
  • A mechanical workshop,
  • A compact wastewater treatment plant,
  • A solidwaste handling and incineration facility and,
  • A modern staff housing estate with modern amenities and recreation facilities

From the plant, water shall be pumped to the new Nsumba reservoirs (40million litres capacity) through a 9.5km bulk DN1400mm pipeline. The water shall thereafter gravitate to Kampala via Mukono – Seeta – Sonde – Namugongo, through a 55km DN1400mm bulk pipeline.

The Project also entails construction of a 15million litre reservoir in Sonde and booster station in Namugongo.

It also has a component to supply water to Katosi, Lugazi town and the surrounding areas.

As part of the environmental protection measures, the National Forestry Authority (NFA) allocated NWSC 40 hectares of land for replanting a Forest around the plant along the lake shores

“This will reduce encroachment on the lake and preserve the water source for the current and future generation ” added Eng Lutaaya

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