The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) launched a groundbreaking initiative on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, aimed at enhancing water supply and sanitation across Fort Portal, Hoima and Lira – three key cities facing pressing infrastructure needs.
Addressing the gathering, NWSC Managing Director, Eng. Dr. Silver Mugisha, underscored the significance of the project, emphasizing its potential to not only address current deficiencies but also to propel the development of surrounding towns through comprehensive water and sanitation infrastructure enhancements.
Dr. Mugisha revealed that NWSC had secured grant financing from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to facilitate consultancy services crucial for conducting feasibility studies in the aforementioned cities.
In a pivotal move, NWSC formalized a contract worth 1,099,823.50 Euros (equivalent to over UGX4.54 billion) with the Seureca and Artelia Consortium alongside Warner Consultants Ltd as subcontractors to spearhead the feasibility studies essential for advancing water and sewerage infrastructure.
Highlighting the alignment with the national agenda of universal water access, Dr. Mugisha emphasized the growing demand for water services in these cities, necessitating swift and strategic action.
The ambitious project endorsed by the president, is projected to benefit more than 1,050,000 individuals across the three cities. It encompasses initiatives such as the construction of conventional water treatment plants, expansion and rehabilitation of sewer networks, and upgrading of existing infrastructure to meet burgeoning demands.
Dr. Mugisha shed light on the challenges faced by each city, ranging from degraded water sources to outdated infrastructure, and stressed the urgency of intervention.
The consultancy phase slated to span 13 months from February 2024 to February 2025, marks a crucial milestone in the project’s timeline. Dr. Mugisha urged consultants to deliver results efficiently, underscoring NWSC’s unwavering commitment to ensuring stable water supply for residents.
Acknowledging the prolonged water supply issues plaguing these cities, Dr. Mugisha reiterated NWSC’s dedication to effecting tangible change. He expressed gratitude for the support extended by the President of Uganda and the Ministry of Water and Environment.
Christopher Lacaring, representing the consulting consortium, echoed Dr. Mugisha’s sentiments pledging to execute the projects with utmost diligence and accountability. He emphasized collaboration with stakeholders to ensure inclusivity and effectiveness.
Meanwhile, numerous town centers within Fort Portal, Lira, and Hoima have been identified as beneficiaries signaling a concerted effort to address water accessibility across diverse communities.
As the project unfolds it holds the promise of transforming the urban landscape, fostering resilience, and improving the quality of life for millions.