UGANDA: NWSC to build new water pumping station at Masaka plant

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UGANDA: NWSC to build new water pumping station at Masaka plant©Wisarut pumipak/Shutterstock

The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) will strengthen the supply of drinking water to the people of Masaka town in central Uganda. The public company has just acquired a new water pumping station with a capacity of 160,000 m3 per hour.

The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) is increasing its efficiency in Masaka, a town in central Uganda, located west of Lake Victoria. The company, which provides the drinking water utility in the East African country, has just acquired a new pumping station. The prefabricated installation has a capacity of 160,000 m3 of water per hour.

According to Emmanuel Mujuni, Regional Manager of NWSC – Masaka, the new station will be operational from 1 January 2023. The plant will pump water from Lake Victoria.

A total production of 390,000 m3 of water per hour

The raw water will be transported to the Nabajjuzi drinking water plant which has been rehabilitated. The resource will be stored in the four Masaka town reservoirs located at Bwala Hill, Boma, Kitovu and Kyabakuza.

Once commissioned, the new NWSC pumping station will support the two existing facilities that supply 5.52 million m3 of water daily, or 230,000 m3 of water per hour. The three stations will produce a total of 9.36 million m3 of water per day, equivalent to 390,000 m3 every hour.

Uganda is committed to providing safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030, and the NWSC’s approach supports this vision. According to, 7 million Ugandans still do not have access to safe drinking water, out of an estimated population of 49 million.

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In the East African country, the NWSC is also focusing on drinking water supply (WATSAN) to meet the population’s demand. In November 2022, the company inaugurated a PEA in Rukungiri, in the Western Region of Uganda. The new drinking water supply system consists of an intake with a capacity of 400 m3 per hour located on the Kahengye River. The raw water is transported through two pipelines of 4.3 km and 22.5 km to a new drinking water plant in Kahengye. The plant has a capacity of 200 m3 per hour, or 4,800 m3 of water per day.

Inès Magoum

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