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NWSC Blames Water Scarcity On Drought, High Power Tariffs

The national water and sewerage corporation—NWSC has attributed the current water scarcities in and around Kampala to the dry season, load shedding and high power tariffs that have been affecting the country in the past months.

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The national water and sewerage corporation—NWSC has attributed the current water scarcities in and around Kampala to the dry season, load shedding and high power tariffs that have been affecting the country in the past months.

While speaking to Uganda Radio Network Reporter, the NWSC public relations officer Phiona Wall said the corporation is finding it hard to provide water due to the lack of electricity which has stalled many of their plants around the country.

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The corporation has had to incur extra costs of production to match the consumer demand. She says that the corporation has been running a plant at 1 million but due to the load shedding, they have had to spare close to 6 million to run a generator on fuel for 12 hours. This she says has been financially stressing to the corporation.

The corporation which has had to deal with a 69% increase in their tariff by the Electricity Regulatory Authority, is also complaining of long load shedding schedules which run for 12 hours and at times 24 hours which has forced them to use generators which are expensive and some plants like Entebbe cannot run on a generator due to the

high voltages they use.

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The corporation publicist however said they are working on launching another plant in Kajjansi which they have already tested to deal with the most affected areas like Entebbe, Mpererwe, Kawempe and some parts of Katwe.

The corporation said it is in joint talks with the Electricity Regulatory Authority and UMEME to resolve the issue of high power tariffs that have increased their cost of production in the month of January.

Wall advised people affected by the water scarcities to buy reservoir tanks to help boost their capacity in water storage.

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