The director of the Manifesto Implementation Unit in the Office of the President, Mr Willis Bashaasha, has praised the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) for improving water coverage in the country.
In an exclusive interview at the weekend, Mr Bashaasha said water supply currently stands at 78 per cent in rural areas and 72 per cent in urban areas, thanks to NWSC’s Service Coverage Acceleration Programme (SCAP) 100.
He said with this trend, water coverage will be at 100 per cent by 2020, which is in line with the NRM 2016-2021 Manifesto.
“I would give the water sector as the best performing …the National Water and Sewerage Corporation [NWSC] is doing a good job. It has a programme called Service Coverage Acceleration Programme (SCAP 100), which is intended to add an extra 12,000 households to the national urban grid on top of other investments,” Dr Bashaasha said.
He was speaking ahead of the NRM Manifesto implementation week which starts on Monday where the different government Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Local governments will be explaining to the public what government has achieved since 2016.
SCAP100 is jointly funded by Government and NWSC. From project commencement in July 2017 to March 2018, NWSC has already distributed 1,500kms of water pipes to NWSC service areas across the country.
According to the NWSC board chairman Christopher Ebal, the government, through NWSC, initiated the SCAP to improve access to safe water in over 12,000 villages in Uganda in line with the 2040 government’s vision of water for all.
In the last three years NWSC has undertaken a systematic and quite aggressive expansion of the geographical coverage that has resulted into an increase of the number of NWSC service towns from 23 to 225 towns, with an estimated 15,500 villages across the Country both within and outside the gazetted areas.