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Water and sanitation Kampala/ Didier Gentilhomme
In the Ugandan capital, whose population is expected to reach 4.6 million by 2025, the rate of access to sanitation only stands at 6%. This project should improve access to the network and its quality, particularly for the poorest populations, and increase the treatment of water discharged into Lake Victoria.

Uganda is a low income country and is ranked in the bottom 15% in the UN’s Human Development Index. The population of Metropolitan Kampala, Uganda’s capital grows at 4.8% p.a and is expected to double from 2.4 million today to 4.8 million in 2025.

Development of new infrastructre has not followed the the pace of population growth with the current water treatment capacity of 153.000m3 per day outstripped by a minimum demand of 176.000m3 per day

Kampala also faces the challenge of poor sanitation with sewerage coverage at only 6% and deteriorating water quality.

The project aims at an increased coverage, reliability and access of clean, affordable and economically viable water supply services for the population of metropolitan Kampala including the urban poor, for sustainable urban growth until 2025.


The project is based on a long term rehabilitation and extension strategy for the water supply system of Kampala and includes the following components;
Upgrading and rehabilitation of Gaba Water treatment plant complex
Network restructuring and rehabilitaion of the existing network
Extension of water supply in the Informal settlements of Kampala
Construction of a new water treatment plant East of Kampala to meet the growing present and future demand
Capacity development and technical assistance to NWSC


The main impact of the project is a sufficient and reliable supply of the population of Kampala with clean drinking water at affordable prices. In addition upgrading of pro-poor oriented water supply will be complemented by improvements in basic sanitation which will reduce the risk of water borne diseases and contribute significantly to an improved healthh situation of the target group. The project further contributes to the sector reform process as it mitigates the risk of a water crisis in Kampala and creates room for sewerage and sanitation promotion and watershed management.

Project start date
Financing tool
212 000 000
Financing amount
Government of Uganda