10 March 2014

Uganda: NWSC Reassures On Water Shortage

National Water and Sewerage Corporation has assured residents in the south of Greater Kampala that their water woes are about to end.

NWSC acknowledged last week that areas such as Namasuba, Ndejje, Lubugumu, Kyengera, Kitebi, Sseguku, Nateete and Mutundwe were suffering significant water-stress.

According to Engineer Jude Mwoga, NWSC's senior project monitoring and evaluation manager, the system needs expansion to meet the growing demand. Mwoga said on Friday that while water coverage was about 80 per cent in Kampala, only 60 per cent of the city got constant water supply.

Some people are connected but get it once a month or a week.

"The biggest problem is inadequate water to no water. Somebody cannot even talk about a high water bill when they do not have water; we want to reduce this problem by improving supply," Mwoga told a community workshop at Pope Paul VI Memorial hotel in Ndeeba.

He reassured residents that under the Kampala Water Lake Victoria Watsan project, the Namasuba water reservoir would be upgraded to store at least 16,000 cubic litres to serve Kampala South and all but end the persistent water stress.

Wakiso district chairman Matia Lwanga Bwanika said residents had kept his office inundated with questions about lack of water. He said he was happy the problem would dry up in 18 months' time.

"This job cannot be done without your cooperation. When they come to your area to dig, it is your duty to cooperate with them if you want the problem of water to go away," Bwanika said triumphantly.

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