The minister of state for Environment, Flavia Munaaba, has appealed for more resources to protect wetlands and water bodies.
The minister made the appeal at the launch of a dialogue between the public and private sectors on industrial waste water management and pollution control at Protea hotel in Kampala recently.
She said her ministry was aware that some factories were polluting water sources, more so those dealing in leather tannery and chemicals.
"Pollution is expected to increase as a result of economic development driven by urbanisation, industrialisation and intensive agriculture in the country," Munaaba said.
The minister decried the attitude of investors who pursue profits at the expense of the environment.
"They are looking at how much they can milk from the country yet their countries look good but [they] come to exploit Uganda," she lamented.
Munaaba called on Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Nema, National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) and other public service providers to teach people about the dangers of pollution.
KCCA's acting director of Public Health and Environment, Daniel Ayen Okello, said they had addressed the issue of waste over the last two years, but still lack sufficient enforcement mechanisms. Okello said KCCA would back the dialogue.
"At the end of it all, owners of industries are to gain more if they comply with the new dialogue as well as the community living in a pollution-free environment," he said.