National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has pledged its commitment to end water shortages in Kampala and the neighboring districts including Wakiso and Mukono among others by March 2021.
NWSC officials blamed the recent water crises on disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that delayed the completion of the Katosi Water Treatment Plant in Mukono.
Eng. Silver Mugisha, the NWSC Managing Director, made the reassurance remarks while inspecting the ongoing works at the Katosi Water Treatment following the increased complaints from customers over dry taps in various areas.
“We are here to update people about the works and I can assure the public that works are progressing very well. We hope to finish as the contract says mid February or early March 2021,” Mugisha said.
Adding: “Of course Covid-19 brought some challenges which the contractor has been working hard to overcome but we want to apologise to our customers in Kampala, people who have had intermittent water shortages, we have been rationing and we want to assure them that with this process, we have within the next 1 to 2 months, they should be able to get water.”
Mugisha further revealed that the project is progressing well with all civil works complete, the pipeline done remaining with about 500meters. Laying of the electrical-mechanical pipeline into the lake is also underway.
“We want to assure the people of Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono that the problem of water they have been having will soon be history. We are going to add 160million liters of water per day on the 240million liters per day produced by the Ggaba Water Treatment Plant. That will make it 400m liters per day and with the current demand of 300milliom liters per day, you can clearly see that water will be enough,” he said.
The pandemic, Mugisha noted, saw some of the contractor’s staff fall sick, while the lockdown affected movement of staff, and the closure of airspace delayed airlifting of equipment with the last batch expected by 15th January 2021.
The Director Engineering Services, NWSC, Eng. Alex Gisagara said the water pipes being laid have a lifespan of 50years.
Katosi Water Treatment Plant sits on 25 hectares of land from National Forestry Authority and the cost of the project is Euros 212 Million, a loan from the European Union and partly funded by Government of Uganda.
Gisagara said that the contractor is currently levelling bottom of the lake for the pipes to sit on that will pump water from Lake Victoria to the treatment facility.