UGANDA: New facilities provide water to 71 villages in Dokolo

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UGANDA: New facilities provide water to 71 villages in Dokolo©Ugandan Ministry of Water and Sanitation

The Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment is inaugurating a drinking water supply project in the Dokolo district. The work, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), benefits 71 villages.

New drinking water supply facilities are operational in Dokolo District, Uganda. On 29 March 2022, the Ugandan Minister of Water and Environment, Sam Cheptoris, commissioned them and entrusted the public company National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) with their operation and maintenance.

These include three “multi-stage” treated water pumps at the Kachung treatment plant (12,000 m3 per day) and the booster station, pipelines for the delivery of drinking water, a booster station, two reservoirs, one of which is of 300 m3 located at the Adwoki shopping centre and another of 50 m3 at the Iguli shopping centre.

AfDB Financing

In addition to the Iguli and Adwoki shopping centres, all the facilities provide drinking water to 71 villages in Dokolo. They are powered by a 450 KVA three-phase outdoor electricity transformer.

The project was implemented by M/S Zhongmei Engineering Group and M/S Sering Ingegneria, with VIA International Engineering Consultancy LLC as the supervising consultant. The Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment lists these achievements as part of the ongoing Strategic Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Project (STWSSP) in Uganda.

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Launched in 2018, the STWSSP project will provide sustainable management and construction of water supply and sanitation systems in ten district capitals in Uganda by 2024. These facilities will benefit 390,000 people. The African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional lending arm of the AfDB Group, is financing the works with a US$ 44 million loan. The Ugandan government is providing a counterpart contribution of US$ 4.9 million, for a total investment of US$ 48.89 million.

 Inès Magoum

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