Drinking water for 500,000 more people in Kampala
On January 24th, 2017 Stéphanie Rivoal, French Ambassador to Uganda, participated in the commissioning of Ggaba Water Treatment Complex which has been optimized and extended on the shores of Lake Victoria.
It is the first component of a bigger project named « Kampala Water – Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Project – Phase 1”, financially supported by the French Development Agency (AFD). The goal is to improve access, quality and reliability of water for the population of Kampala and its area, especially in poor, marginalized neighborhoods.
The 212 million-euro facility has been financed by the Governement of Uganda, supported by AFD, the European Investment Bank, the KfW and the European Union. AFD contributed a 75 million-euro loan.
This extended water treatment complex will enable the country to provide a further 80,000m3 of water a day in southern and western Kampala, giving 600,000 new people the opportunity to get clean, affordable water. These investments are a chance to strengthen National Water and Sewerage Corporation’s business model and encourage the latter to keep on investing in better public services for the benefits of the whole population.
Here are the next steps of this project:
Building of a new water treatment complex in Katosi, eastern Kampala, to meet a fast growing demand;
Extension of water supply, especially in poor, marginalized neighborhoods in Kampala;
Technical support to the NWSC for a service upgrade.
Thanks to the extension, the new capacity reaches 240 million liters. There will be an extra 160 million liters when Katosi is completed with the support of AFD, the European Investment Bank, the KfW and the European Union.
In just a few years, AFD, one of the pillars of this project, has become a major partner of Uganda, supporting sustainable development projects: water and sanitation, renewable energies, transportation and urban development, environment and climate change, promotion of the private sector. AFD interventions have doubled in Uganda during the past three years with a 350 million-euro involvement between 2014 and 2016.
In a joint speech with the European Union Ambassador to Uganda, Kristian Schmidt, and the German Ambassador to Uganda, Peter Blomeyer, Stéphanie Rivoal expressed pride about European companies’ commitment of their professionalism, expertise and added value to such a project. Indeed, rehabilitation and extension works on the Ggaba treatment complex were carried out by a French company, SOGEA-SATOM, a subsidiary of Vinci.