UGANDA, Masaka | Real Muloodi News | The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has allocated UGX 250 billion to increase the water supply capacity in Masaka District. This project aims to expand the network to address the current water supply shortages in the area.
The Project and Funding Source
This multi-billion project, which is part of the South Western Cluster Water and Sanitation Development Project, will begin in July 2023.
The government obtained a 120 million Euro loan from the French Development Agency (AFD) to finance the project.
NWSC zonal Manager for Masaka, Engineer Jackson Nimusiima, revealed that the project aims to boost supply capacity to 24,000 cubic meters per day from the current volume of 8,000 M3 per day.
Water Supply Expansion
The project aims to facilitate the construction of a new supply plant that will draw water directly from Lake Victoria at the Bukakata landing site.
The new system will serve different pump stations and a new broad network covering the whole of Masaka City.
NWSC aims to extend services to at least 350,000 people who could not be served with the existing network laid down in the 1970s.
The current water supply system is overwhelmed by the ever-growing need, which prompted them to resort to rationing of the water supply, affecting the reliability of the services.
Sewerage Treatment Plant
The project also includes the construction of a new sewerage treatment plant that can cater to the growing population size of the area.
The construction works will take two years to complete, according to Engineer Phillipe Vullien, the Project Technical Supervisor.
The new system will pump water at a distance of about 41 kilometres from the main source in the Bukakata landing site.
Masaka City Mayor, Florence Namayanja, is optimistic that the new project will help to improve the general sanitation levels of the town.
Due to the unreliable supply of piped water by NWSC, some people have resorted to drilling boreholes and underground water tanks, which interferes with the topography of the town.
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