Members of Parliament’s Natural Resources Committee have given a thumbs-up to government's efforts to provide adequate clean piped water to residents of Kampala metropolitan area. The legislators inspected construction works on the Katosi drinking water treatment plant this week.
When completed in 2021, the 82-million-Euro (Shs 345 billion) plant will add 160 million litres of water per day to the Kampala's water supply system.
According to National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), Kampala metropolitan area, which includes areas of Wakiso, Mukono and Entebbe, requires up to 250 million litres per day. Currently, NWSC supplies 232 million litres per day from its Ggaba water treatment complex.
MPs visited sites along the pipeline for reservoirs at Ssonde hill and Namugongo, where a booster station is being constructed.
The 15-million-litre reservoir tanks at Ssonko will serve water-stressed areas around Kiira, Namugongo, Gayaza, Buwambo, Kasangati, Wakiso, Kakiri and Matugga. while the booster station will pump 16 million litres per day to the NWSC reservoirs on Naguru hill to serve parts of East and South Kampala.
Kefa Kiwanuka (Kiboga East), who chairs the committee, said they were impressed with the progress of the construction works. He noted that the contractor, French firm Sogea-Satom, is complying with the rules on use of local content such as using local construction materials and employing locals.
"We are satisfied with this amazing work; and it's going to revolutionalise the water supply in Kampala and surrounding areas," Kiwanuka said.
Mityana woman MP, Judith Nabakoba, a member of the committee, is optimistic the project, once completed, should lower the cost of clean piped water.
Currently, NWSC sells a 20-litre jerrycan at Shs 25, but operators of public water taps sell it at between Shs 100 and 300 in parts of Kampala.
NWSC is also implementing a countrywide “Water-for-All” programme aimed at providing safe drinking water at every village by 2020.