This comes after Eng. Silver Mugisha, the managing director NWSC told the legislators that they are only mandated to operate in cities, municipalities and a few urban town councils which are designated to them by the Ministry of water.
Members of Parliament on the Natural Resources Committee want the
National Water and Sewerage Corporation - NWSC to revise its terms of service and
start supplying clean piped water in all town councils across the country.
This comes after Eng. Silver Mugisha, the managing director NWSC told
the legislators on Friday that they are only mandated to operate in cities,
municipalities and a few urban town councils which are designated to them by
the Ministry of Water.
Eddie Kwizera, the Member of
Parliament for Bukimbiri County, Kisoro district while on a working visit to
Katosi Water Treatment Plant located in Mpunge sub-county, Mukono district with
the rest of the committee members said Eng. Mugisha should not regard them as
tourists when their constituents are hardly getting clean water and at high
Kwizera said the fact that they
are upgraded to the status of town councils despite being in rural areas,
National Water should start distributing to them clean and affordable piped
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He says the Ministry of Water should gazette
all cities, municipalities and town councils and be serviced with national
water because water is security and life. He notes that the local governments
lack capacity to serve clean water to the people in those town councils hence
leaving them to be cheated with even contaminated water which is sold to them
at high prices.
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Christine Kaaya Nakimwero, the
Woman MP for Kiboga district says they are having some private service
providers and civil society organizations that are currently extending a
helping hand, providing clean piped water but they are not sufficient whereas
others provide water at relatively high prices.
Nakimwero therefore asked National
Water to revise its terms of operation and consider extending its services to
all town councils in the country.
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Eng. Mugisha also insists that the people
in rural areas lack capacity to pay for water, adding that therefore, their
legislators must task the government to provide them with clean water which is also
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The committee chairperson, Emmanuel
Otala has been impressed by the Katosi water treatment plant which according to
Eng. Mugisha has solved the water challenges in the Kampala Metropolitan areas.
According to Eng.
Mahmood Lutaaya, the Kampala Water General Manager, the Katosi plant is a relief to
Gaba water plant whose water was no longer sufficient according to the demand which
is estimated at 300,000m litres per day yet it (Gaba plant) only produced
240,000m litres per day.
said that the completion of the Katosi Water Treatment Plant will increase the water production per day to 160,000m litres. He says that it has increased the total
water production to 400,000m litres a day which is considered sufficient to
meet the water demand in the greater Kampala metropolitan area for the next