NWSC Boss Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha and (MTN)-Ug boss Wim Vanhelleputte in a photo above.
In an initiative to aid curb down the COVID-19 pandemic, Africa’s biggest water utility, National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) joined hands with Africa’s biggest
telecommunication company, Mobile Telephone Network (MTN)-Ug to provide 100 public water points to supply water to water-stressed areas of Kampala during the Coronavirus (COV19) outbreak.
The areas to benefit include areas at the periphery of the network which currently receive intermittent supply or no water at all. Each of the 100 spots will be supplied by a 10,000-liter capacity tank that will supply water at the official NWSC public tap tariff of UGX 25shs per 20- liter jerry can.
Whereas Kampala Water is currently able to produce 240 million liters of water per day, peak demand is 300 million liters per day. To bridge this shortfall NWSC is currently
undertaking the construction of a 240 million liter per day capacity water treatment plant in Katosi to the East of Kampala.
The first phase to be completed in January 2021 will deliver 160 million liters of water per day. Under the partnership, MTN has provided UGX 220 million whereas NWSC is tasked with procuring the tanks, construction of
the water points and ensure that they are provided with water using water bowsers.
This initiative is bound to provide short term relief to NWSC customers in water-stressed areas as NWSC undertakes the completion of the Katosi Water Treatment Plant.
Over 30,000 households will benefit from this joint water supply intervention in the areas of; Kyengera (Nagalabi-Kisozi), Wakiso-Kikoro, Mukono-Kasenge, Seeta (Kagala-Bukelele), Kyaliwajjala, Kijabijo, Kiteezi, Kiryagonja, (Bulindo-Kira-Nsasa-Kilyamuli), Matugga-Buwuzume, Bulenga-Ganda-Bulenga, Kyebando Central, Gayaza, Nateete, Upper
Nalumunye, Nansana, Kireka-Kamuli, Wakiso-Ssenge, Nansana-Gganda, Namagoma, Mukono-Nakapinyi, Ndejje-Ggangu, Najjanankumbi-Kitiko among other areas.
“We are grateful for this partnership with MTN Uganda during the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak where water is a critical input in the prevention of infection and spread of
the virus. NWSC is committed to providing water for all during this sensitive period”, the Managing Director NWSC Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha Commenting on this initiative. He is in a photo bellow.
The MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer – Wim Vanhelleputte, said that this partnership alongside several others implemented in the effort to fight COVID-19 is a demonstration of the brand’s commitment to supporting Ugandan at the time of need.
“MTN believes that the resilience of communities is strongest when people work together. That is why MTN, working through institutions like NWSC, is supporting the delivery of much-needed water to underserved areas in the fight to avert a COVID-19 pandemic in the country.” Vanhelleputte added.