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NWSC rolls out ICT technology to purify water

NWSC Managing Director, Dr. Mugisha Silver speaking at a function recently. NWSC has unveiled hi-tech systems to filter and clean water. (File Photo)

KAMPALA – The National Water and Sewerage Corporation has announced the rolling out of a new ICT based technology that is expected to filter and clean water at source.

According to NWSC the new ICT technology will also monitor its quality throughout the Clcorporation’s pipe network.

Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha, the National Water and Sewerage Corporation [NWSC] managing director said the primary aim of the intervention is to improve the quality and increase the quantity of the water supply for consumers across the country.

The ICT technology design will biologically detect the level of pollution in the water, purify it for domestic use and also treat the water with slow sand filtration.

“We are going to install a new ICT technology to monitor water efficiency, to detect water overflow, detect possible dirt in the water and purify the water to make it safe for drinking and domestic use,” said Dr Mugisha.

Dr Mugisha was addressing participants at the PAN African Summit held at Serena Hotel in Kampala on 17 July said uses a combination of ultrafiltration to remove total suspended solids, reverse osmosis to remove total dissolved solids (salts) and post-treatment reconditioning unit to desalinate feed water from the lakes.

He added that other innovations they intend to introduce include; assembling their prepaid water meters by developing the software which can mounted on the meters so as to cut costs of importing the meters and paying for the software.

“And we are determined to expand the use of ICT and Innovations improve water service delivery in the country,” added Dr Mugisha.

Mr Ronald Kibuule, the state minister for Water said the use of technology to enhance water service delivery would go a long way to improve the Internal billing system and increase water coverage/expansion.

“I am impressed by the corporation performance parameters because this has seen extension of services to the people across the country,” said Mr Kibuule.

He urged NWSC to also in future provide household scale treatment technologies because they have a proven method for improving water quality and have been widely used in developing countries.

“The benefit of decentralised technology is that it is flexible and is generally more affordable than large scale centralised systems,” said Mr Kibuule. Ends

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