KAMPALA – The Government of Uganda through the National Water and Sewerage Corporation is putting final touches on the largest sewage treatment plant in East and Central Africa.
The project encompasses an ultra-modern sewage treatment plant in Bugolobi, a sewage pretreatment plant in Kinawataka, a sewerage pumping station on Kibira road, and 31km of the sewer network.
The Bugolobi-Nakivubo sewerage plants come six years after the commissioning of the Lubigi sewage treatment plant in 2014.
Sharing the plant specifications during a site visit, NWSC MD, Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha said the plant is about 99% complete and in operation.
Pending works at the plant include; completion of biogas digesters, greening the plant, and landscaping works.
Dr. Silver said the plant will treat 45 million liters of wastewater daily and generate over 630kw of electricity using biogas.
According to Dr. Silver, the plant will help to clean Kampala city by diverting and treating wastewater from the heavily polluted Nakivubo channel before releasing water into Lake Victoria.
“The sewage effluent we release is of good quality and will help to conserve our environment. The plant will also produce manure to support the agriculture sector and generate over 630kw from biogas,” he said
He called on Kampala residents to apply and connect to the new system.
He added that the plant upon completion will improve wastewater at Kiruddu Referral Hospital and the surrounding areas.
The hi-tech treatment plant will also help conserve and protect the environment.
“The state-of-the-art treatment plant will treat 150,000 liters of wastewater per day.
It will also exploit the Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor technology (MBBR) which is favorable for space utilization.” he said
The plant uses nuisance-free technology and bio-filters and will not smell. It will serve the needs of over 350,000 residents and the entire transient population in Kampala City.
The plant will also serve Naguru, Ntinda, Nakawa, Bugolobi, Kyambogo, Kiwanataka, Banda, Kasokoso, Butabika, and the surroundings.
This substantially extends piped sewerage services outside the Central Business District, Old Kampala, Kiseka Market area, Kololo, Nakasero, and surroundings.
The project is funded by the Government of Uganda with support from the African Development Bank, European Union, and KfW