New water purification system for Kampala City

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The National Water and Sewerage corporation has secured 200 million shillings to rectify the water shortage crisis that has hit Kampala district this week

The government with support from donors is to build a new water treatment system for Greater Kampala.

Dr William Muhariwe, the managing director of water utility National Water and Sewerage Corporation,
says France, Germany and the European Union have given Uganda 660 billion shillings for the new plant to be built at Katosi in Mukono District.

He says on completion, the new water plant would effectively serve greater Kampala for another 20 years. The plant will supply water to areas of Mukono and some parts of Lugazi, Kampala north as well the Namanve industrial park.

It will be a boost to the traditional water treatment plants at Gaba 1, 2 an 3 which will then serve the rest of Kampala as well as Masaka and Entebbe.

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The ever-increasing population of Kampala City is putting a strain on the old water system and few reservior tanks leading to the acute water shortage being experienced this week.

Yesterday residents of Najjera, Namuwongo, Mawanda, Salaama, Kololo and Muyenga spent the day without water.

Muhairwe says Kampala's population is escalating needing a system that can contain at least 300 million litres a day.

Kampala’s current night population is projected at about three million with a day population of over five million. This is having a toll on a water system that had been planned for a population of over 300 thousand in the sixties.

To alleviate the water crisis in Kampala, the government with support from France, Germany and the European Union have contributed 660 billion shillings to set up another water treatment plant in Katosi, Mukono district.

Water engineer Alex Gisagara said currently Kampala is mainly served by the water tanks set up at the traditional seven hills of Mengo, Naguru, Kololo, Muyenga, Rubaga, Namirembe, Nakasero and Old Kampala.

He said the water tanks need to be renewed and their number increased to match current needs. planned reserviors are on the hills of Kanyanya, Tula, Kawempe, Lubya, Mutundwe and Konge,among others.

Meanwhile the upcountry districts of Arua, Gulu and Mbarara are also facing water shortages. Muhairwe says in Mbarara, River Rwizi is depreciating fast due to environmental degradation which is failing the purification of water.

The worst affected suburbs are Nyamitanga, Kakoba and Bizibwera. Muhairwe says the long term solution is to set up a dam and get water from Lake Kakyera.

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In Arua and Gulu, the water utility is still engaging donors to get money and set up better water treatment plants.