The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) have expanded their reach from 197 towns to over 200 towns of operation following the handover of an additional 25 towns by the Minister of Water and Environment, Sam Cheptoris.
In 2013, according to a statement from NWSC, they were only operating in 23 urban centers, which shows that this is an indicator of phenomenal growth.
The utility company, in their current massive infrastructure growth has registered an annual average of over 1000 km of water pipe network extension across the country.
Previously, it used to be an annual average of only 80 km that used to be extended.
NWSC Managing Director Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha, in the same communique asserts that the expansion is in line with the corporations 5 year strategic direction (2013-2018) launched in November 2013.
ChimpReports understands that the objective of the expansion is to ensure that NWSC meets the accelerating growth in demand for services.
Mugisha however says that the increase in urban centers and the growth within the existing towns comes along with challenges related to inadequacies in service delivery.
It is against this mindset that the corporation is implementing the “Infrastructure Service Delivery Programme (ISDP) and the Water Supply Stabilization Programme (WSSP)” in various towns under NWSC jurisdiction to address the supply challenges.
Mugisha explains that the ISDP and WSSP have seen access to water grow in leaps in and bounds with more people being served through increased access and supply reliability.
In addition, NWSC is now laying an average of 1000kms of water mains per year.
Before the launch of the ambitious ISDPs, the statement reads, the corporation used to extend between 80 to 100kms of water mains across the country.
As a result of the pipelines laid, significant progress has been made in ensuring supply reliability, accessibility and more people being served.
Mugisha emphasized that the ISDP is significant because it is funded from the Corporation’s internally generated resources.
This is a clear manifestation of the Corporation’s performance improvement which has enabled the NWSC plough back its surplus revenue into infrastructure expansion to serve more people.
The MD is confident that NWSC is on course to achieve water for all, for delighted customers by a delighted work force.
Residents of Ntonwa Kamwenge district wake up at 5am to collect at the nearest borehole. The land owner locked the borehole and charges a monthly subscription fee of 20,000shs. The corporation is making plans to extend water and serve the people
Below is the table of the newly gazetted towns.