President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday commissioned the newly constructed Kampala water treatment plant located at Ggaba in Makindye Division, buy http://centristnetblog.com/wp-admin/includes/schema.php Kampala District.
The 42 million Euro (Ugshs 161, cost 261, see 024,400) water plant will add 50 million litres of water daily to the Kampala water supply system so that the facility will churn out a total supply of 240 million litres of water daily.
The newly constructed Ggaba water treatment plant was jointly funded by the Government of Uganda, the German and French Co-operation Agencies, the European Union and the European Investment Bank.
During the ceremony, Museveni urged Ugandans to stop invading and destroying lakes, rivers, forests and wetlands which, he said, are important water catchment points.
He stressed that the four natural features are not only important as sources of rain but they also help in the filtering of water to make it safer and easy to purify.
The President used the occasion to appeal strongly to Ugandans to jealously guard the environment against destruction bearing in mind that humanity cannot have enough and safe water when people are busy destroying the environment.
He, therefore, reminded the people of Uganda that as water is important for human domestic use it is also important that the resource be appreciated as Uganda embarks on the journey to modernise agriculture.
He said that given the changing rain patterns, water becomes even important for production and as such it is incumbent on every Ugandan citizen to protect the water resource.
Museveni observed that in order to mitigate the effects of long droughts that resulted from low rainfall, the government is embarking on promoting and investing in irrigation systems throughout the country. He said that irrigation cannot be successful without water and as such there is need to guard against the destruction of water sources.
“I appeal to all Ugandans who have settled and those practicing agriculture in river banks, lake shores, wetlands and forestry reserves, to peacefully leave them for the good of our environment. We don’t have to involve the Police and enforcement forces. We need to do it voluntarily and stop interfering with God’s creation for a better Uganda,” he said.
“I am aware that the Great Lakes Region is highly populated which is good but we must know how to manage these numbers so that they are able to live in these countries without destroying the environment which is our great natural resource. We have to protect our environment so that Uganda, the Peal of Africa, is really the Peal of Africa,” he added.
The President commended the excellent work done by the leadership of the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) that has seen safe water coverage greatly improve. He praised them for their great vision that has resulted in the funding of most of the water works in the country using internally generated revenue.
He pledged budgetary support to the NWSC to enable the organization realise its target of achieving 100 percentage water coverage for urban centres and availing safe water sources for each and every village in Uganda by 2020.
He hailed Uganda’s development partners – the European Union (EU) as well as the German and French Cooperation Agencies – for their continued support to Uganda in a number of development programmes. He said that Uganda is looking forward to further that partnership in her development endeavours.
The Minister of Water and Environment, Mr. Sam Cheptoris, stressed the fact that water is twinned with environment. He commended President Museveni for his firm stand on environmental protection adding that in supporting the President’s initiative, the Ministry of Water and Environment has embarked on a tree planting campaign that will see the Ministry spearhead the planting of more than one million trees this year.
Turning to water for production, the Minister said his Ministry has the country’s master plan for irrigation that is just awaiting implementation when the resources are available.
The European Union, German and French envoys in Uganda said that they are always willing to partner with countries, such as Uganda, to enhance development programmes because of those countries’ good sector governance whereby pro-poor framework, observation of the principles of integrity, transparency and accountability, are highly valued.
The diplomats urged the Government and NWSC to ensure that water reaches the poorest of the poor in Kampala and other parts of Uganda and more so at affordable rates.
They reminded all stakeholders in the water sector that water is a major component of human life as it supports agriculture, sustains animals and forests adding that 70% of the human body is made up of water. They, therefore, stressed that water as a resource must be protected and kept safe.
The Managing Director of National Water and Sewerage Corperation, Engineer Silver Mugisha, appealed to the government to give budgetary support to the water body for the coming three years so that the Corporation is able to realise its goal of providing 100% water supply to all urban centres in Uganda and also provide safe water source in each and every village in the country by 2020.
He revealed that Corporation has finalised plans to build a new water plant at Katosi in Mukono district that will produce 160 million litres of water daily. He said that the operationalization of the Katosi plant will bring the water produced for Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono areas to 400 million litres daily.