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Residents Want Water Extension to Lake Shore Communities Expedited

According to the agreement, Katosi town council that is housing the main treatment plant was supposed to directly benefit from water extension and connectivity together with the nearby sub-counties around the lakeshore such as Ntenjeru and Mpunge before it is handed over to NWSC as part of corporate social responsibility.
Part of Katosi water treatment center.

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Residents of Katosi Town Council in Mukono have asked the National Water and Sewerage Cooperation to expedite plans of extending clean water to communities surrounding Lake Victoria shores as indicated in the agreement signed with Katosi water project contractors.

NWSC awarded 378 Billion Shillings to Suez International of Egypt and Sogea-Satom of France for the construction of a water treatment plant and construction of bulk water transmission pipelines along the Kampala-Mukono-Katosi route to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding population of Kampala and surrounding districts.

The project main packages of the project included improvement of the Ggaba water network, restructuring of Kampala water supply, Ggaba complex refurbishment and optimization, development of Katosi treatment plant, water quality monitoring and improvement of water supply and sanitation in an informal settlement.

According to the agreement, Katosi town council that is housing the main treatment plant was supposed to directly benefit from water extension and connectivity together with the nearby sub-counties around the lakeshore such as Ntenjeru and Mpunge before it is handed over to NWSC as part of corporate social responsibility.

However, residents are concerned that after the project was handed over to NSWC, they are going to miss out.

Jaberi Magambo a resident at Katosi says that their hopes of accessing clean and safe water have faded. He says that communities around the shoreline are consuming contaminated water fetched directly from the lake, shallow wells and boreholes.  

“Our hope of getting clean water is now diminishing, our source of clean water is boreholes which runs faulty taking months and sometimes years without being repaired, shallow wells need a lot of money to rehabilitate them for good water supply,” Magambo says.

Isma Kakooza says that they were excited and even surrendered their landing sites for the construction of the treatment plant with the hope of connecting them to clean water.

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Mukono South County Member of Parliament Fred Kayondo says that at the inception of construction, residents in the area were told to surrender their land for the establishment of the plant and laying pipes.

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The Minister of Water and Environment Sam Cheptoris says that he has instructed NWSC to implement what was in the agreement.

NWSC Managing Director Eng. Silver Mugisha says they have come up with a corporate plan for 2021-2024 where most of the community’s grievances shall be addressed. The plan has formulated strategies of industrialization, infrastructure development and skilling.                    

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