BUSHENYI: Bushenyi District Local Government officials have praised National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) and the Ugandan government for the Shs10bn water supply augmentation project that is expected to commence in a few months’ time.
Expected to extend safe and clean water services to over 100,000 people in the four Sub-Counties of Kakanju, Ruhumuro, Bitooma and Kyamuhunga, the project will commence on June 01, 2022, and is expected to be completed within 15 months. The treatment plant at Nyakabingo in Kakanju will have a production capacity of 2.5 million litres of clean water per day. Its efficiency will last at least two decades.
Ahead of the commencement of works for the project, NWSC held a sensitization meeting with Bushenyi District officials led by LCV Chairman Jafari Basajabalaba. The meeting, which happened at Lincoln Guest House in Bitooma Town Council, was also attended by Busheny DPC John Bosco Sserunjogi, LC3 Chairpersons of Kakanju, Ruhumuro, Bitooma, Kyamuhunga and their executives as well as the land owners of the proposed project.
NWSC MD Eng Dr Silver Mugisha led the corporation team in the meeting whose objective was to ensure that the local leadership gets a deeper understanding of the project so that the communities and their leaders can fully support and own it.
Basajabalaba, the district boss, and his fellow leaders saluted Eng Dr Mugisha and his NWSC team for considering the district for this mega water project, which he said would take Bushenyi about five decades to accomplish without the water corporation’s intervention.
The district boss urged NWSC to ensure that the contractor emphasizes the issue of local content during recruitment of the project staff. Basajabalaba also called on his fellow leaders to make NWSC’s work easier by sensitizing community members to embrace and support the project.
For his part, Dr Eng Mugisha appealed to the local leaders, the locals and the corporation’s team to work together in ensuring that the project is not hindered by enemies of progress. He further asked locals and their leaders to allow contractors to lay pipes and work in harmony with all stakeholders. The NWSC MD also saluted Eng Denis Taremwa, the Project Manager, for his commitment to ensuring that the project becomes a success – so far.
Mugisha was optimistic that upon completion, the project will go a long way in boosting water production and service coverage in the district. He emphasized the need for the project team to ensure that local content is prioritized during recruitment. The MD also urged the team to ensure that the people nearer the installations are given priority upon completion. He also tasked the team to ensure pipe networks in all proposed beneficiary Sub-Counties.
According to Eng Taremwa, the designs for the Shs10bn project were ready. The Project Manager led local leaders and the NWSC team on a tour of the proposed sites for the intake, treatment plant and reserve tank at River Warugo in Bitooma and Nyakabingo in Kakanju, respectively.