NTUNGAMO – The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has launched a water project that seeks to extend clean water to Nyakyera Town Council and Nyakyera Sub County in Ruhaama County, Ntungamo District.
Under the project, NWSC will construct water taps in 261 villages in Ruhaama County.
Speaking at the launch of the project on Tuesday, NWSC area manager Charles Ateker Odeke noted that the residents of Ruhaama are benefiting from the Service Coverage Acceleration programme (SCAP), which is aimed at extending water to over 12,000 villages across Uganda by 2020.
Mr Odeke urged all caretakers of public stand taps in Ruhaama area to stop hiking the cost of water, saying a jerrycan should go for 50UGX.
The Town Clerk Nyakyera Town Council, Mr Bright Joga, appealed to the beneficiaries to care for the water taps and pipes.
The chairperson Nyakyera Town Council, Mr Kenneth Nganwa, commended NWSC Managing Director Eng Dr Silver Mugisha and area leaders for ensuring that the project starts.
Mr Nganwa noted that the water will be piped from Kiziba water source through Ruhondwa, Kishojwa, Kamuhungu, Kyaruhaya, Bunyonyera, Bituntu and Igorora among other villages.
He thanked residents for voluntarily participating in digging a trench where pipes will be planted.
The development comes two days after NWSC revealed that it is boosting production capacity of its water plant in Lyantonde District so as to enable it to cover a bigger area.
In a statement, NWSC said they are upgrading the plant’s production capacity from 1.8 million litres per day to 2.5 million litres so as to be able to enhance the reliability of water supply in Lyantonde, Kiruhura, Rushere, Katovu, and parts of Rakai District.
In the SCAP100 programme, NWSC also plans to install 20,000 public standpipes; and by 2020, have more than 8,000kms of water mains extensions in place. Under the same programme, Eng Silver Mugisha, the NWSC managing director, last month commissioned water mains extensions in Kyabumbaire and Kibaare villages in Bushenyi-Ishaka Municipality in Bushenyi District.