The construction of the largest Sewerage treatment plant in East Africa is substantially complete with 95% of the civil and electro-mechanical works completed in the Bugolobi Nakivubo Catchment area.
The Managing Director of NWSC Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha confirmed that the plant will treat 45 million litres of waste water daily and generate 621kw of electricity using biogas for use in the plant. The plant will also divert and treat the dry flow from the heavily polluted Nakivubo channel before releasing water into the Lake Victoria.
The project encompasses an ultra-modern sewerage treatment plant in Bugolobi, a sewerage pre-treatment plant in Kinawataka, a sewerage pumping station on Kibira road and 30km of sewer network. The plant uses nuisance free technology and bio-filters and will not smell. It will serve the needs of 850,000 people.
The new plant will serve Naguru, Ntinda, Nakawa, Bugolobi, Kyambogo, Kiwanataka, Banda, Kasokoso, Butabika and neighbouring areas. This substantially extends piped sewerage services outside the Central Business District, Old Kampala, Kiseka Market area, Kololo, Nakasero etc.
The project is being undertaken with funding from the Government of Uganda, African Development Bank AfDB, The European Union and German funding through KfW. The total project cost for the sewerage treatment plant, the sewers and the sewerage pre-treatment plant is 105 million Euros.
Dr.Eng. Silver Mugisha said NWSC is in a phase of rapid expansion to extend water and sewerage services to more Ugandans. The corporation has extended its service footprint from 26 towns in 2014 to 235 towns and rural growth areas in Uganda by June 2018. He added that whereas the corporation has done well in extending water, it is working on expanding sewerage services.
The Bugolobi-Nakivubo sewerage plants comes after the commissioning of the Lubigi sewerage treatment plant in 2014. Lubigi serves Mulago Makerere, Wandegeya, Bwaise, Kalerwe, Lubigi Kawempe and the neighbouring areas. Plans are underway to construct a sewerage treatment plant in Nalukolongo and Kajjansi to serve the growing needs of Kampala city.