National Water Reports Good Progress On Sh276 Billion Projects

National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) management has declared itself pleased with the progress of projects intended to end ‘dry zones’ in the city.

Last week, NWSC Managing Director Silver Mugisha led a team of the utility firm’s senior managers to inspect construction and upgrading works on the donor-funded projects at NWSC’s Bugolobi sewage plant, Ggaba water treatment complex and the water storage reservoirs at Namasuba.

The progress was impressive, Mugisha said. Started early this year, the projects are funded by the European Union (EU) at Euros 82 million (Shs 276bn), and must be completed by August next year.

“I’m happy work is on schedule and once completed, dry zones will be history in Kampala,” Mugisha said.

The contractors, who include Roko (sewage plant) and French firm Sogea-Satom (for the Ggaba and Namasuba projects), have assured NWSC that all the facilities will be ready for operation by April, 2015.

NWSC, one of the best-performing parastatals, has many ‘dry zones’, areas connected to the system but with inconsistent water flow, largely due to limited supply. Upgrading works at Ggaba will increase the treatment complexiacutes supply capacity from 55 million litres to 80 million litres per day.

Some of the water pumped and treated at Ggaba complex will be sent to four reservoir tanks being constructed at Namasuba each with capacity of two million litres. About Shs 104bn will be spent on this project, including construction of an eleven-kilometre pipeline from Ggaba to Namasuba.

NWSC officials said an estimated Shs 600m would be spent on compensation for property in the pipeline’s way. Eng Johnson Amayo, NWSC’s chief manager for planning and capital development, said the reservoirs at Namasuba would solve the water shortage in southern Kampala – that is Kyengera, Lubowa, Zzana, and Akright Estate along Entebbe road.

Meanwhile, the extension works at the Bugolobi sewage plant will boost its intake-capacity from three million litres to 10 million litres of untreated sewage per day. NWSC has an estimated three million customers in greater Kampala and the surrounding parts of Wakiso and Mukono districts.

Source : The Observer

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