The dawn of the New Year has ushered in a wave of positivity for Kampala City residents courtesy of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) unveiling 45 cutting-edge public toilets citywide.
Dorothy Kisaka, Executive Director of KCCA shared that these modern facilities are part of the Kampala-Lake Victoria Sanitation Project (K-LVWATSAN), aimed at elevating sanitation standards and alleviating the strain on existing amenities.
During her recent inspection tour, Kisaka personally visited construction sites in key locations such as Kiswa market, Namuwongo market, and City Square. Six toilets in various schools, in addition to the visited sites have been successfully completed and are poised for imminent launch.
Strategically positioned across markets, schools, police barracks, and the central business district (CBD), these innovative toilets deviate from the conventional design. Kisaka emphasized the objective of fostering a hygienic city equipped with facilities that ensure optimal sanitation. The K-LVWATSAN project has garnered support from valuable partners like CWIS, UBL, and Lake Victoria.
Featuring a multi-story design, these avant-garde toilets boast upper floors suitable for housing businesses such as restaurants and cafeterias while the lower floors accommodate bathrooms and toilets. Kisaka stressed the significance of expanding the inventory of such facilities to meet the escalating demand particularly in the CBD where an estimated 20 additional toilets are anticipated.
KCCA has been at the forefront of proactively addressing sanitation challenges in the city. Under the Sanitation for Millions project 45 inclusive gender-friendly and climate-resilient toilet stances have been erected. An additional 53 toilets have been constructed as part of the City-Wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) program.
The Weyonje Subsidy program an initiative by KCCA, has witnessed remarkable success with over 3,500 households upgrading their toilet facilities significantly improving fecal sludge management in the city.
These initiatives are integral components of the Smart City project championed by KCCA, focusing on Technology Infrastructure and People’s well-being. This holistic approach aligns seamlessly with KCCA’s commitment to fostering a healthier and more sustainable urban environment.