KAMPALA – The National Water and Sewerage Corporation has revealed plans to clean through the construction of new sewerage infrastructure in the city.
The remarks were made by NWSC Board chairman Dr. Eng Ebal Christopher during the technical hand over of the new Kinawataka sewerage pre-treatment plant.
Eng Ebal shared that the new sanitation improvement master plan for Kampala encompasses an ultra-modern sewerage treatment plant in Bugolobi, a sewerage pre-treatment plant in Kinawataka, a sewerage pumping station on Kibira road and 31km of the sewer network.
Sharing plant specifications during a site visit of the newly completed Kinawataka Pre-treatment plant, Eng Ebal said that the construction of a wastewater treatment plant at Kinawataka is part NWSC’s efforts towards protecting the water quality in the inner Murchison bay of Lake Victoria by treating some of the untreated inflow of wastewater that flows into the lake.
He added that the poor quality of raw water in the inner Murchison bay, among other adverse effects, is increasing the cost of producing water at Ggaba waterworks.
“The new infrastructure will improve sanitation and health in around the city, protect lake Victoria, produce briquettes from faecal matter, generate 630kw of power from biogas, among other benefits,” he said
NWSC Board Member Mrs Faridah Mayanja Mpiima reiterated the corporation’s commitment towards improving sanitation and health in all its areas of operation in line with the NWSC Strategic plan.
Deputy Managing Director Technical services Eng Johnson Amayo said that the modern environmentally treatment plant is noise and odour free.
“We assure our people in a Butabika that the plant will not smell or make noise for the neighbourhood. We are implementing new smart engineering technology to enhance service delivery in Uganda,” he said
Deputy Managing Director Board Affairs and corporation Secretary Miss Edith Kateete applauded the contractors for a good job.
“The project has been completed on time and within budget,” she said
Director Projects and capital development Eng Paddy Twesigye said that chemical processes have been introduced in the treatment stages to help reduce algae and subsequently improve the quality of water on Lake Victoria.
Director Engineering services Eng Alex Gisagara sai that the Kinawataka treatment plant has been designed with room for expansion.
He added that the 4.5million litres per day treatment capacity plant is designed to realize a mechanical pre-treatment of effluent.
He shared that with the near completion of the new Bugolobi wastewater treatment plant, the corporation has more capacity to improve sanitation and health in the city.
NWSC MD Dr.Eng Silver shared that the corporation is putting final touches on the largest sewage treatment plant in East and Central Africa at Wankoko-Bugolobi.
The plant currently under system tests, will treat 45 million litres of wastewater daily and generate over 630kw of electricity using biogas for use in the plant.
According to him, the plant will help to clean Kampala city by diverting and treating wastewater from the heavily polluted Nakivubo channel before releasing water into the Lake Victoria.
“The foul smell at Wankoko Bugolobi will be no more. The new plant uses nuisance free technology and bio-filters and will not smell. It will serve the needs of 850,000 people,” he said
The new infrastructure will serve Naguru, Ntinda, Nakawa, Bugolobi, Kyambogo, Kiwanataka, Banda, Kasokoso, Butabika and the neighbouring areas.
“This substantially extends piped sewerage services outside the Central Business District, Old Kampala, Kiseka Market area, Kololo, Nakasero etc,” he said
The project is being funded by the government with the support of African Development Bank, European Union and German funding through KfW.
The Bugolobi-Nakivubo sewerage plants come four years after the commissioning of the Lubigi sewerage treatment plant in 2014. Lubigi plant serves Mulago Makerere, Wandegeya, Bwaise, Kalerwe, Lubigi Kawempe and the neighbouring areas.
“Plans are underway to construct a sewerage treatment plant in Nalukolongo and Kajjansi to serve the growing needs of Kampala city.