Gulu City primed for improved service

The Government of Uganda through NWSC is constructing the Gulu Water Supply and Sanitation project to serve over 341,000 people in Gulu, Karuma, Kamdini, Minakulu, Bobi, Palenga, Koro- Abili and the surrounding areas.

The project will draw water from River Nile at Karuma and encompasses; 72km bulk water transmission main from Karuma to Gulu, 30million litres per/day capacity water intake at Karuma, 10million litres per/day capacity Nile water treatment plant, No (2) 5.3million litres capacity water reservoirs, Water Pumping station, SCADA system for the new plant and supply system, 42 water borne toilets, and improve access to safe Sanitation to over 170, 000 people. During a tour of the project, NWSC MD Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha said that the corporation continues to tirelessly working towards 100% water and sanitation for all residents of Gulu City. Flashing back to when darkness loomed over Oyitino dam, Dr Eng. Mugisha addressed NWSC’s intervention aided by the Government of Uganda and development partners, their embankment on plans to boost water supply reliability in the Area. Impressively, the civil works at the water intake in Karuma are complete however, work on the treatment plant, reservoirs and pipeline are expected to commence in June 2021 but expected to be completed by June 2023. Dr Eng. Mugisha said NWSC is working on both short and long term interventions. The short term interventions already completed include; Upgraded Oyitino dam water storage capacity from 2.7B litres of water to now 4.2B liters of water, improvd daily water production from 3million litres of water per day to now 10million litres of water supplied, rehabilitated the waste water stabilization ponds, constructed a Faecal sludge treatment plant at Cubu, upgraded existing sewers and laid new sewer mains in Gulu City, upgraded the Oyitino dam pumping system from 5million litres of water pay capacity to now 10million litres of water per day, installed a 400KVA generator at Oyitino Dam, interconnected Oyitino Dam 1 to Oyitino Dam 2. The two will ably supply the city during the hard dry season. Rehabilitation of Gulu water works, upgraded Gulu city distribution network, 200 community sewer connections, 6 motorised boreholes with installed capacity of up to 2.4milion liters of water per day are more of the short term interventions. Responding to a request for prepaid meters, Dr Eng. Mugisha shared that prepaid meters are not a service to the people but a medium for efficient revenue collection for the company. "It makes no sense buying prepaid meters of 1000USD each when some people don't have water which is a basic need. Let us achieve 100% and then modernise." he advised. He also urged Gulu city residents to guard the environment jealously and reminded them of the recent effects of extreme weather conditions. Upon completion, the two projects will cater to demand for water services in Gulu and the surrounding towns up to the year 2040. Other works in the NWSC Project pipeline take account of; Water and Sanitation improvement works ongoing in Lira, Arua, Parambo, Adjumani, Moyo, Nebbi, Koboko, Bushenyi, Mbarara, Isingiro, Fort Portal, Lugazi, Kampala, Soroti, and in many other towns