The MD of NWSC Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha has assured customers in greater Kampala that there will be more water for them as the Katosi Water project reaches 90% completion.
Dr. Mugisha made the assurance during a technical visit to Katosi in Eastern Kampala on Monday last week. The current demand for water in Eastern Kampala, Wakiso, and Mukono is at 300 million liters per day and yet the current production plant in Ggaba is only able to produce 240 million liters per day. This therefore creates a shortage of 60 million liters to supply the surrounding areas of the network and those on hilly areas. To ensure steady progress of the project, Dr. Eng. Mugisha in the company of the Deputy Managing Director- Eng. Amayo and Director Engineering Services- Eng. Alex Gisagara camped at the Katosi Water Treatment Plant to check on the progress of the ongoing project. The MD together with his team accompanied by the consultant and the contractor toured around the plant to appreciate the progress right from the main intake. “We are here to check on the progress of water supply works for the greater Kampala (Wakiso, Mukono, and Kampala).
We have come here to assure the public that the works are progressing very well. We hope to complete the works in mid-February and March”, he said.
He explained that in spite of the current progress, NWSC was faced with various challenges due to COVID-19 but however, assured customers that the consultant together with the contractor are working very closely to ensure that the works are completed within the agreed time frame. “I, therefore, want to apologize to our esteemed customers, mostly those in the south and Eastern parts of Kampala, people who have for a long time had an unreliable water supply. With this progress at 90%, we are very sure that in a period of one to 2 months from now onwards, our customers will start to enjoy constant water supply. All the civil works and the pipelines have already been completed except for a few areas, which are also being worked on” he explained.
Dr. Mugisha added that the electro-mechanical and sinking of the raw water pipes into the lake are the only major works pending. According to NWSC, the additional 160 million liters of water per day from Katosi and 240 from Ggaba will take total daily production to 400 million liters of water per day. This, he said is way above the current peak demand of 300 million liters per day. “The overall project completion stands over 90%. The 55km pipeline from Katosi, Mukono, Seeta, Namugongo, Naalya, Ntinda to Naguru is 95% done. The pipeline works are now being undertaken between Ntinda and Naguru Reservoir. We have installed the raw water pumps. Work on the pipes to abstract water 500 meters from the lake has already been completed” he explained. Meanwhile, NWSC publicist Samuel Apedel said that the reservoir tanks in Nsumba Hill, Stone Hill, and Booster pumping station in Namugongo are substantially complete. He said the project should be complete in the first quarter of 2021 and that it will sort out the Water needs of Kampala up to 2040