KAMPALA – Demand for water in Kampala Water (Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono) is 300 million litres per day.
According to National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), Ggaba is currently able to produce 240 million litres per day. This shortage of 60 million litres affects places at the periphery of the network and those on hilly areas.
Areas in the East of Kampala like Mukono, Seeta, Namugongo, Kyaliwajjala, Kira, Gayaza, Kasangati, Kyanja, Kanyanya are affected by intermittent water supply.
The permanent solution is the ongoing Katosi Water Works. “It has a capacity to supply 240 million litres per day BUT will initially add 160 million liters per day to the Kampala Water Supply Area.”
“The additional 160 million litres of water per day from Katosi and 240 from Ggaba will take total day production to 400 million liters of water per day. This is way above the current peak demand of 300 million litres per day,” NWSC added.
The overall project completion stands over 90%.
Civil works for the treatment plant at Katosi are substantially done. Electricity is being pulled to the site.
The 55km pipeline from Katosi, Mukono, Seeta, Namugongo, Naalya, Ntinda to Naguru is 95% done. The pipeline works are now being undertaken betwee Ntinda and Naguru Reservoir.
The raw water pumps have already been installed.
Work on the pipes to abstract water 500 meters from the lake has started.
The reservoir tanks in Nsumba, Hill, Ssonde Hill and Booster pumping station in Namugongo are substantially complete.
“We shall start test-pumping in Jan 2021. We are already testing the treatment process.”
The project should be complete in the first quarter of 2021. It will sort out the Water needs of Kampala up to 2040.
Another water treatment plant is being planned in Kaazi Kigo to serve the water needs of the areas between Kampala and Entebbe, Kajjansi, parts of Masaka Road and Mpigi.