UGANDA: €26 million in additional funding for water and sanitation in Gulu

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UGANDA: €26 million in additional funding for water and sanitation in Gulu©Kacha Somtha/Shutterstock

In Uganda, the government has announced new funding of 94 billion Ugandan shillings (about €26 million) for the implementation of the second phase of the Gulu Water Supply and Sanitation Project in the north of the country. The funds were raised from the project's financing partners, the World Bank, Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), and the Ugandan Treasury.

The second phase of the Gulu Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Uganda is being accelerated with new funding of 94 billion Ugandan shillings (about 26 million euros). The funding comes from the project’s financing partners, the World Bank and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the German development agency. Some of the funds are being provided by the Ugandan government.

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This move in the Gulu water supply and sanitation project comes just one month after the signing of a contract between Sogea-Satom and the state-owned National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) for the implementation of its second phase. The subsidiary of the French group Vinci has been appointed to install electromechanical and raw water pumping equipment with a capacity of 30,000 m3 per day at an intake on the Victoria Nile, in the Karuma locality. Part of the budget of nearly 26 million euros will also be used to build a drinking water station in the same locality, more than 75 km from Gulu. With a capacity of 30,000 m3 per day, the future plant will have a reservoir for storing drinking water.

Delivery of the facilities in June 2024

Sogea-Satom will also build a 10,000 m3 per day drinking water pumping station at the Karuma plant, as well as a new reinforced concrete water reservoir in the Customs Corner area with a capacity of 5,300 m3 and five elevated steel storage tanks of 100 to 500 m3. According to NWSC, 484,000 people in Kamdini, Koro Abili, Karuma, Bobi, Palenga, and Minakuru will benefit from these facilities, as well as small towns in the Nile Victoria catchment area (IPILC 2). On the sanitation side, Sogea-Satom plans to install a sludge drying system at an existing plant in Gulu.

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According to NWSC, another company will lay a 70.5 km transmission pipeline between Karuma and Gulu. “The contract for the pipeline is expected to be signed in March 2022,” the Ugandan state-owned company says. The entire Gulu Water and Sanitation Phase 2 facility is expected to be delivered in June 2024.

Inès Magoum

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