KALUNGU: Over the weekend, National Water and Sewerage Corporation readied itself to put an end to the water scarcity that has been grave in Kalungu and surrounding areas. Over the last couple of months, the corporation has strengthened its efforts to improve water supply services in Kalungu and the surrounding townships with a 2-phased intervention thus short and long term interventions.
Among the short-term interventions, NWSC is in advanced stages of; Replacement of 3,150m length along Kasakango Valley, Development of 2No. Bulingo boreholes, Construction of Kalungu Booster station and construction of 100m3 Lusango reservoir, Drilling and development of the 20m3/hr as well as the 30m3/hr at Bulingo and, Construction of pump houses.
As part of the medium to long-term interventions, NWSC has completed detailed designs for a new Water Treatment Plant on River Katonga.
While pledging to the people of Kalungu, the NWSC Managing Director, Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha affirmed that the new Project will see water supply services improve from the current production of about 200,000 litres/day to 4,000,000 litres/day.
“As part of the Project, the new Water Treatment Plant shall be constructed at Bugomola, with a raw water intake on River Katonga, and shall encompass the construction of a 1,500,000 million litre reservoir at Ssala hill, and laying of over 40km of N250mm treated water pipelines, among others” the MD reiterated.
Following the completion of the detailed designs, construction works tenders were advertised on 28th January 2022. Subsequently, a pre-bid meeting was held, allowing all the prospective bidders to visit the project sites and familiarize themselves with the tender requirements and scope of work.
Speaking to the bidders at the Kalungu Area office, the Project Manager, Eng. Denis Taremwa elaborated on the contents of the Tender Documents. He pointed out some of the salient features in the Tender documents, including the technical specifications, bills of quantities, engineering drawings, and the evaluation criteria that shall be followed in evaluating the bids. The bidders thereafter visited all the Project sites. “The Project, especially the Intake works are complex and shall require an experienced Contractor. The Bidders’ methodology should elaborate on how this specific scope of works shall be executed” the PM said while visiting the proposed intake site.
The Procurement Officer, Brendah Ninsiima, pointed out that the bids are to be submitted on 29th March 2022 and, that the procurement process shall be completed in April 2022, and the works contract signed by end of May 2022.
Construction works are envisaged to commence in June 2022 and the last 15months, followed by a 12-months defects notification period.
Some of the bidders present for the meeting included; Zhonghao Overseas Construction & Engineering Co Ltd, Haso Engineers, Weihai International Economic & Technical Co. Ltd.
Once completed, the new Project shall serve the people residing in Kalungu Town council, Lusango, Kamuli, Kyamulibwa, Bugomola, Luvule, Lugasa, and Buyikuzi Mwota, among others.