23 July 2018

Uganda: NWSC to Start Generating Electricity

Kampala — The National Water and Sewerage Corporation NWSC has said it will in September start generating electricity to run the Bugolobi sewerage and waste water treatment plant.

Dr Silver Mugisha, the NWSC managing director, said besides treating 33 million litres of water daily before it goes into Lake Victoria, the plant will be generating 650Kwh of electricity, which they will use to run all the activities at the plant.

"We shall no longer be having the smell, which has been here. We shall generate our own electricity; we are already working with the private sector to produce briquettes that will replace charcoal; we are also manufacturing fertilizers," Dr Mugisha said.

He made the remarks on Friday as Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda toured the plant.

Vision 2040 on track

Dr Rugunda noted that the treatment plant is a significant project towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and is aligned to the country's Vision 2040, which envisages every village in the country having access to piped and safe drinking water.

"This project will make a significant contribution towards improving universal access of water to all Ugandans even those in peri-urban areas, which is key in the attainment of the sustainable development goals," he said.

Dr Chris Ebal, the NWSC board chairman, said the corporation is resorting to green smart systems and technology wherever they have their facilities, citing the newly constructed headquarters in Nakasero, Kampala, where he said they are harvesting rain water to use at the facility and solar energy for lighting.

Strategic plan

Direction. The corporation also launched its plan, which outlines the activities the corporation will be implementing in the next three years. According to the NWSC board chairman, Dr Chris Ebal, the corporate plan is a strategic document that provides timelines and targets that the corporation is supposed to achieve.

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