On 24th January 2017, President Yoweri Museveni joined EU Head of Delegation to Uganda, H.E Kristian Schmidt, French Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Stephanie Rivoal and German Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Peter Blomeyer to commission the new Ggaba Water Treatment Complex that will increase water supply to Uganda's capital, Kampala from 200 million litres to 250 million litres per day.
Mr Museveni used his address to warn punitive action against those who encroach on wetlands, noting that current water scarcity caused by draught in different parts of the country is down to environmental degradation.
The Lake Victoria Kampala Water and Sanitation Project (LV-WATSAN) is aimed at addressing water supply challenges in the greater Kampala metropolitan area. The project is funded by the European Union, the French Development Agency and the Government of Germany as part of Uganda National Water and Sewerage Corporation's (NWSC) plan to connect water to all urban centres by 2020.
"By pooling our resources under the Kampala Water – Lake Victoria Watsan Project, we have mobilized 212 million Euros (814 billion UGX), in a mix of loans and grants. This project stands out as the major intervention in the water and sanitation sector in Uganda for the last 20 years and most likely for the 20 years to come as well," said Ambassador Schmidt. "This project also delivers on a basic human right: Access to safe drinking water. It would be a catastrophic failure of governance and planning, if the inhabitants of Uganda's capital city would suffer water poverty on the shores of Africa's largest freshwater lake."
The new water works complex is expected to improve supply reliability to the suburbs of Ndejje-Lubugumu, Lubowa, Mutundwe, Nalumunye and Kyengera among others.
"The truly fundamental significance of water for human life has prompted the German government to make water the priority for our cooperation with not only Uganda but the whole of Africa. In Uganda, urban water and sanitation have received one fourth of the almost one billion Euro of financial cooperation," said Ambassador Blomeyer.
The water project will see at least 500,000 people added to the water supply line in Kampala and Wakiso districts.
"I am glad that European companies had the opportunity to bring their professionalism, expertise and added-value to such an important project. I think they met NWSC expectations in terms of quality of works but also in terms of professional relationship based on common trust and mutual respect," said Ambassador Rivoal.