National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) is taking giant strides to ensure more Ugandans access safe clean water. NWSC is a public water utility wholly owned by the Government of Uganda, providing water and sewerage services in 253 towns, serving over 10 million people.
The Corporation’s strategic focus is to ensure water for all, while promoting innovations that will contribute to the socio–economic growth and transformation of Uganda while conserving the environment.
Over the past five years, the Corporation has rolled out a number of Performance Improvement Programmes aimed at improving service delivery and enhancing service coverage. These include among others; infrastructure Service Delivery Programme (ISDP), water Supply Stabilisation Plans (WSSP), 100% Service Coverage Acceleration Programme (SCAP 100).
The other programmes are; Capital Development Projects, Water Loss Prevention Programmes, Stakeholder Engagement Programmes, Environmental Protection Programmes, Staff Capacity Development undertakings said a statement.
Sheba BamwineMukiza, the Corporation Public Relations Manager also said the Corporation has since registered remarkable growth and improvement in most of its key performance indicators among which include expansion and intensification of service delivery.
She for example said “the Corporation has reached out to more Ugandans, through takeover of towns from 27 towns in 2013 to 253 towns currently. The Corporation’s service coverage is estimated to serve over 10 million people within in its Areas jurisdiction”.
She saidon the Water Production front, NWSC has upgraded its production infrastructure and now has capacity to produce to over 480,000m3 per day (480 million litres) and total water pipe network has more than doubled from 5,670 Km in 2013 to 15,705 Km.
The Public Relations Managerexplained that the Corporation had expanded its water network through the installation of new water mains to pave way for accelerated installation of new connections and improve access to safe water.
“Our Customer basehas grown by 97% from 2013 to 626,269 current customers. The average number of new connections installed per annum has grown to over 50,000. This is attributed to expansion of the pipe network and increased customer outreach” she added.
NWSC has also provided services to the less-advantaged communities through installation of public taps with a subsidized tariff. Currently, the Corporation is installing over 1000 Public Stand Posts (PSPs) across the Kampala service area” Bamwine added.
On Sewer Mains, NWSC has also registered great progress and the annual sewer extensions have increased from less than 1 Km per annum to over 20 Km Per annum. In addition, deliberate interventions are being under taken especially in Kampala to increase sewer coverage under the protection of Lake Victoria – Kampala Sanitation Project. The Corporation is also preparing a proposal for a Sanitation Investment Plan, which will mainly involve the construction of public toilets in the different Areas.
The Public Relations Manager also said that they have undertaken a number of initiatives to safeguard the environment among which include:Community sensitisation campaigns especially among the youth through the School Water and Sanitation (SWAS) Clubs, Water Community Communication Clubs, and Young Water Professionals (YWPs.
Other catchment protection undertakings include; rehabilitation of water sources, demarcation of land & ownership, protecting embranchment of water sources, and adherence to environmental and social safeguards in implementation of major capital projects and other operational activities.
In a separate interview the NWSC Managing Director Eng. Silver Mugisha said the Corporation is implementing a number of capital-intensive projects that are strategically aimed at ensuring sustainable delivery of water and sewerage services.