Solomon Ssesanga, a resident of Kyambogo village, says the water supply from National water and Sewerage Corporation has been unreliable for many years. According to Ssessanga, he once approached NWSC to understand why the water problem has persisted and was told there is a huge population increase.
The unreliable water supply to Kasangati
town council in Wakiso district has forced residents to sink their own
underground wells. A number of residents interviewed by URN say that they often
go for several months without water supply from the National Water and Sewerage Corporation-NWSC.
To address the problem, several residents
now pump water from underground wells in their compounds. They spend between
Shillings 2 million and 4 million to sink underground wells and pump water for
use in their homes. According to the
residents, this is cheaper compared to buying a jerrycan of water at Shillings
Solomon Ssesanga, a resident of Kyambogo
village, says the water supply from National Water and Sewerage Corporation has
been unreliable for many years. According to Ssessanga, he once approached NWSC
to understand why the water problem has persisted and was told there is a huge
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Jackeline Namazzi, one of those pumping
water from underground, says that she spent a huge sum of money on buying water. She, however, explains that she only needs two units of electricity to pump water
for her home and selling to neighbours. Two units cost less than Shillings 1200.
Sarah Kaweesi, a resident of Kabaga in
Nangabo Sub County, says she wasn’t prepared to incur the expense of sinking an
underground well but the situation forced her to do so.
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Paul Mbaza says he uses 100 litres every day, which is very costly. He, however,
says that because of financial problems he is unable to save money to sink an
Stephen Muwanga Bigere, the LC 1 chairperson
Kyambogo Masooli acknowledges the problem of the water challenges in the area. He, however,
couldn’t tell the number of people who have sunk underground water wells.
is difficult to tell the numbers of those with underground water well as you
can see a number of them are enclosed. What I can tell you is that it is true
people are now opting for underground water and those that are not yet it’s
just lack of resources “said Bigere.
Samuel Apedel, Senior Public Relations Manager
NWSC told URN that they are aware of the water supply problems in Kasangati
town council. He attributed the problem to increased demand compared to their
He explains that they
need to supply around 300 million litres of water each day in Kampala
metropolitan area but they can only pump 240 million litres, which leaves a deficit of 60 million litres.
He, however, explained that the problem
will be addressed once they commission the 160 million litre Katosi water plant
is completed. He explained that the construction is complete and they intend to
test the plant for a month before it is commissioned.