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Safe water for all! NWSC to serve over 120,000 people in Rwamwanja settlement

NWSC has partnered with UNHCR to serve over 80,000 refugees and locals with clean water in Rwamwanja Settlement, Kamwenge (PML Daily PHOTO)

KAMWENGE – The National Water and Sewerage Corporation has partnered with UNHCR to serve over 80,000 refugees and residents at Rwamwanja refugee settlement Kibaale East Constituency, Kamwenge district.

UNHCR Senior WASH officer David Githiri Njoroge appreciated the interventions in the camp.

Women trek several miles to fetch water for their families in the Rwamwanja settlement (PML Daily PHOTO)

“Currently residents trek long distances looking for water. Sometimes it takes about 6 hours to get water at the water sources in the camp and the situation is dire during the dry season. UNHCR working with other partners have worked on various interventions to improve the water supply situation in the past. We are very hopeful that the partnership with NWSC will improve the lives of our people in the camp ” he shared.

NWSC Senior Manager Operations Western and South Western Region Eng Mahmood Lutaaya listens to the deliberations as NWSC partners with UNHCR to provide refugees clean water access (PML Daily PHOTO)

NWSC Senior Manager Operations Western and South Western Region Eng Mahmood Lutaaya shared that the new water system is part of the corporation’s Service Coverage Acceleration (SCAP 100) programme that was launched to extend water to over 12,000 villages across Uganda by 2020.

UNHCR WASH Associate Officer Mrs Juliet Mwebesa appreciated NWSC management for the commitment towards improving humanitarian lives.

UNHCR WASH Associate Officer Mrs Juliet Mwebesa shares insights during the partnership meeting (PML Daily PHOTO)

“We appreciate the work done so far and we’re very optimistic that the water supply situation in the camp will improve within the next 6 months

Works to be done

  • Drill motorised boreholes at Nkoma and Wijagahe
  • Lay a total of 40kms of both transmission and distribution mains.
  • Install a 150,000 litres capacity water reservoir at St. Barnabus COU Nkoma.
  • Install over 120 public water points

The project design surveys are done and the project works will be completed within 6 months (March 2019)

Areas to be served

The new system will serve Nkoma, Base Camp, Rwamwanja, Kyempango, Kataryeba, Buguta, Mahani, Mahega, Kalambo and the surrounding areas.

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