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NWSC’s Kinawataka sewage treatment plant takes shape

Kinawataka Sewage Pumping Station aimed at improving sanitation & health in the city and surrounding areas. (PHOTO/NWSC)

KAMPALA – The magnificent Kinawataka sewage pumping station is taking shape. The station is part of new Nakivubo waste water treatment plant under construction at Bugolobi.

The sewage treatment plant, which is so far the largest in East and Central Africa, will generate 630kw of power from Biogas, serve a population equivalent of 380,000 people and treat over 45million litres of wastewater from Nakivubo channel and Kampala city.

Upon completion, the project will improve sanitation and health in the city.

In addition, the Government of Uganda through NWSC is constructing the Katosi waterworks. The plant with 240million litres per day water production design capacity will add over 160million litres of water per day to Kampala service area under phase 1. The combined water production from Katosi and Ggaba waterworks will take care of the water supply demands for Kampala Metropolitan up to the year 2040.

The project also encompasses a 15million litres capacity water reservoir at Sonde hill and booster station in Namugongo.

The National Water and Sewerage Corporation has revealed plans to serve over 1million people in Isingiro, Mbarara, Masaka and the surrounding areas with clean safe water, sanitation services and water for production and Agriculture.

Speaking at the contract signing ceremony of the 120million Euros South Western Cluster water and sanitation development project last week, NWSC MD Dr Eng Silver Mugisha shared that the project, when completed, will address the water supply challenges in Isingiro, Mbarara, Masaka and the surrounding areas.

“We have had a long-standing water challenge in the mentioned towns. Working with the Government of Uganda, Ministry of Water and Environment, Ministry of Finance and other development partners, we secured funding to implement the project. The detailed designs of the project are ongoing and work will start in August 2020 for a period of two years.” Eng Mugisha said

Dr. Silver added that the corporation has secured more 70million Euros for a distribution network to various parts of the districts

The largest sewage treatment plant in East and Central Africa under construction in Wankoko – Bugolobi (FILE PHOTO)

“The dual project first of the kind will also provide water for production and agriculture using the same massive intake that will be installed along river Kagera on the Uganda-Tanzania border. I caution the contractors to empathise with the people suffering in this corridor and deliver the project on time,” he said

NWSC Corporation Secretary and Deputy Managing Director Board Affairs Ms Edith Kateete appreciated the support from the Government of, Ministry of Water and Environment and other stakeholders that have significantly contributed towards the success of the project.

Eng Alex Gisagara the Director Engineering services at NWSC shared that the project is the first of the kind in water and sanitation infrastructure in Uganda.

“We are installing a massive intake along river Kagera to abstract over 680million litres of water per day. This is the first size of abstraction the corporation has ever attempted to do. We shall then pump water 70kms to Mbarara, provide water for agriculture, augment supply in Masaka among other benefits.” he shared

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