NWSC Seeks 421.9 Billion for Kampala Metropolitan Water Supply Expansion

NWSC Managing Director Dr. Silver Mugisha (L) interacts with Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa (R) at Katosi Water Treatment Plant. PHOTO/URN

Kampala, Uganda | THE BLACK EXAMINER | The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has appealed to Parliament for support in securing Shillings 421.9 billion to facilitate the expansion of water supply to households in the Kampala Metropolitan Area. Engineer Silver Mugisha, the NWSC Managing Director, presented the request during a meeting with Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa, conducted as part of Tayebwa’s monitoring visit to the Katosi Water Treatment Plant.

In 2011, Parliament approved two loan requests totaling Euros 300 million for the Katosi Water Works (KWW) project, located in Katosi Town on the shores of Lake Victoria in Ntenjeru Sub-County, Mukono District. Currently producing 100,000 cubic meters of water per day, KWW falls short of the demand in the Kampala Metropolitan Area, which includes Kampala City, Mukono, and Wakiso Districts. To meet this demand, Engineer Mugisha revealed that an additional Euros 105 million (approximately 421.902 billion Shillings) is required to expand water distribution networks.

Engineer Mugisha highlighted that only 52 percent of the Katosi Water Treatment Plant’s capacity is utilized due to limited distribution networks, producing 70 million liters of water daily against an installed reservoir capacity of 160 million liters. The underutilization poses a revenue challenge for NWSC, prompting Tayebwa to stress the urgency of expediting paperwork for Cabinet approval before seeking Parliament’s consent.

The Katosi Water Treatment and Distribution project, initiated in 2019 and completed in 2021, aims to meet the water demands of the rapidly expanding Kampala Metropolitan Area, housing an estimated 3.846 million people. With a treatment capacity of 160 million liters and plans to increase it by 80 million liters by 2035, the project is funded by the Government of Uganda, KfW of Germany, the European Investment Bank, the French Development Agency, and the European Union Infrastructure Trust Fund. The overall installed capacity is 240 million liters per day, and NWSC is set to receive bids for a 15 million liters water reservoir on Kanyanya Hill on October 14. Once operational, the facility will supply water to various areas, including Gayaza Road, Matugga, and Kawempe. The total cost of the project is Euros 84 million, approximately 852.5 billion Shillings.

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