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NWSC to Extend Water to 120,000 Villages in 80 Districts by 2020

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NWSC MD, Dr Silver Mugisha shares a light moment with district leaders during the SCAP 100 workshop
NWSC MD, Dr Silver Mugisha shares a light moment with district leaders during the SCAP 100 workshop

    By: Paul Mugume

  • Jan 11,2017
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The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has finalized plans to extend piped water to 12000 villages in 80 districts in the next three years.

The revelation was revealed by NWSC Managing Director, Eng. Dr. Silver Mugisha while engaging District leaders, Development partners, Officials from Ministry of Finance, NEMA, NFA, Ministry of Water and Environment, UNRA and private water operators in a workshop on Tuesday.

The consultative workshop was aimed at getting all major stakeholders involved in the corporation’s drive to reach 100% service coverage for water.

Dr Mugisha revealed that the project, SCAP 100 (Service Coverage Acceleration Program) is in line with the Corporation’s 2016-2021 strategic direction and aims to ensure water for all, starting with all villages in all 174 towns by 2020.

“Currently, NWSC coverage stands at 77%. To reach 100%, the corporation needs a concerted effort involving stakeholders, from planning to Implementation,” he said

Some key elements under the Project SCAP 100 include Upgrading and expansion of infrastructure, increasing safe water coverage and improvement of functionality of existing PSPs.

According to Dr Mugisha, the estimated financing needed to achieve the project by 2020 amounts to Ushs213.4 Billion; on average Ushs71 billion per annum.

He revealed that the government will Finance 42% amounting to Ushs 90billion over a period of three years (2017-2020) whilst the remaining 58% (amounting to Ushs 123b) of the project cost will be funded by NWSC using internally generated resources.

The project, according to Dr Mugisha aims at construction of cost effective safe water supply schemes targeting 12,000 villages which currently don’t have water reliable supply and ensuring 100% system functionality.

It also targets installing of 140,000 new water connections and 20,000 Public Stand Pipes (PSPS) by 2020; two PSPs per village and one PSP per 200 people.

By completion time, the project will ensure water service expansion through installation of a total of 8000km of pipe extension and intensification over three years.

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