Friday June 27 2014

Uganda enjoys rise in urban water supply

By Rose Namayanja

Access to safe water supply in Uganda’s urban areas has increased to 70 per cent based on the estimated total population served in both large (77 per cent) and small tours at (55 per cent).

The 70 per cent mark is slightly up from 69 per cent in the period prior to the 2011 election. The rise in urban water supply is a result of efforts by the umbrella organisations under water and sanitation with support from the ministry of Water and Environmental protection which include rehabilitation works of a number of water schemes among them Kakiru, Kasengejje and Namayumba. Pumps have been installed in the towns of Rakai, Kyazanga, Bombo, Wobulenzi, Luwero, Yumbe, Moyo, Bunagana, and Kalungu.

In 2012/2013 financial year, the average number of new connections was about 1,803 per month totalling to 21, 637 which surpassed the target of 21, 500 connections.

In addition, funding and implementation of new pipe water supply and sanitation systems were done in the following areas; Karogo town council, Butogota town council, Kisinga, Kaganda and Kiburara RGCs, Kinyamaseke, Kibugu, Mpara town board, Kyenjojo town council, Katooke town council, Butunda town council, Kaliro, Kashaka-Bubare, Kanara town council, Kibbuku town council, Nyamunuka, Kibaale, Bethlehem, Lwamaggwa, Rubirizi town council, Nambirizi, Kibingo town council. Rehabilitation and expansion of piped water supply and sanitation system of Kambuga town council), Kihihi town council, Bugongi town council and Rwashamaire town council has been approved and designed to commence 2014/2015.

Government has expanded water services to the greater Kampala area through the implementation of the Kampala water supply project. This project has entailed the construction of a new water treatment plant in Katosi (Mukono), the rehabilitation and expansion of the Kampala network and the elimination of water stressed zones in Kampala.
As at June 2012, water supply coverage for NWSC big towns alone stood at 77 per cent, this indicates an increase of 2 per cent in 2011.

Since 2011, the NRM government has embarked on expansion of piped water system in the towns of Mukono – Katosi, Entebbe, Mbale, Gulu, Kasese, Arua, Busheyi, Kako-Masaka, Masindi, water extension was commissioned in February 2013 while implementation of Mukono – Katosi has started. The government through NWSC has continued to embrace and intensify its deliberate corporate strategy to address the needs of the rising urban poor across all its towns. Total stand posts as at June 2012 were 8,198. In addition, a total of 427 pre-paid metres have been installed in Kampala in the parishes of Kisenyi 1 and 11, Ndeeba, Kawempe, Mengo and Kagugube bringing the cost of a 20-litre jerrycan to Shs20 as opposed to the previous situation where a jerrycan cost Shs 100.56. Public community toilets of various stances were constructed in Kawempe division.In the same financial year, in line with the many extensions, 85.8 Km were extended against the annual target of 35kms. Under the WSDF-SW, the projects completed include Kirihura TC, Kakyanga RGC, and Kazoo TC piped water supply systems.

Ongoing projects under construction include Rutokye (65 per cent), Kyempene (94 per cent), Kinoni (70 per cent), Kikagata (60 per cent), Rugaaga iron removal plant (50 per cent), Matete (65 per cent), Kabuga (70 per cent), Lyantode phase 1 (98 per cent), Kahunga (70 per cent), and Kakito (85 per cent).

In the third quarter of 2013/2014 financial year, procurement of contractors for construction of piped water supply and sanitation system is planned in the area of Rwenkobwa, Ntusi, Nyambungo, Gansiiza, Kinuka, Kasogoma, Sanga TC and extension to Ruto – Rungando.

Hon Namayanja is the Minister of Information and National Guidance.