Kampala sewerage system can only serve one million people of the current 4 million city residents.Photograph by Walter Astrada, AFP/Getty Images

Kampala’s sewerage system, which was constructed in 1940 and last expanded in 2004, can only serve one million people of the current 4 million city residents. Information available to this newspaper indicates that the current sewer pipe network only targets Nakasero, Bugolobi, parts of Kampala Central Business District and Kololo.

Currently, National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) covers only 10 per cent of the total city area creating a great need for more treatment plants to serve other areas of Kampala.

Mr James Maiteke, the sewerage services manager at NWSC, said last year the institution took over the satellite sewerage systems in Ntinda, Naalya and Bugolobi.

“The Bugolobi sewage treatment plant has a treatment capacity of only 33,000 cubic metres of wastewater per day. It can serve a population equivalent to 1 million people only,” Mr Maiteke said in a recent interview.

Extension plans
In 2004, NWSC prepared a Kampala sanitation master plan which is currently under implementation by the cooperation. He adds: “It is under the code name of Kampala Sanitation Programme and Lake Victoria Protection Projects Phase 1 and 2”.

Under this programme NWSC has started implementing Phase 1 by constructing a new sewage treatment plant at Lubigi with a capacity of 5,000 cubic metres of wastewater per day.

This will gather wastewater in the Northern parts of Kampala including Wandegeya, Makerere, Bwaise, Kawempe, Kalerwe, Mulago, Nansana and Namungoona.

“Two more treatment plants are planned at Kinawataka and Nalukolongo to cater for east and western areas of Kampala respectively. This is expected to increase the sewerage coverage from 10 per cent to 30 percent,” Mr Maiteke said.

He said the programme will cost a total of Euros 98 million and it is expected to first overhaul and upgrade the existing sewerage system in the CBD and then extend to other areas.

By ROBERT MWANJE & BETTY NDAGIRE, Daily Monitor

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