National Water Entebbe assures sustainable supply during the current lock-down

Clean water and soap remain two important ingredients in the brave and gallant fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread.

Constant water supply therefore remains pertinent in this struggle to avoid the wide spread of the global ailment that has claimed dear lives of many across the globe.

It is upon this background that management of National Water and Sewage Corporation (NWSC) Entebbe has beefed up the supply of water within Entebbe Municipality and the cosmopolitan.

Jackson Charles Turyahurira, the general manager has unveiled the short and long term plans of the company to ably contain this demanding situation.

“As National Water, we are in position to maintain the constant flow of water right from the areas of Kiggungu landing site through town center, Abaita Abbabiri, Kitala, Kawuku, Kajjansi to Lweza. All the water supply systems are operational with the upgrade of the water treatment plant with higher capacity raw water pumps 1000M per hour and 410m per hour high lift pumps, 3.2 KM new transmission main” Turyahurira disclosed.

The Entebbe NWSC Mr Charles Turyahurira (in Black) suits inspects the water pumps at the water Plant with engineers on Wednesday. Photo by Entebbe Post

Improved customer relations

NWSC – Entebbe has also assured all its customers that during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic that there will be no instant disconnection from the water supply chain even with the accumulated bills.

“We shall not be disconnecting our dear customers during this people given the demand for the water to keep clean. We are therefore encouraging our customers to make use of the toll free lines in the ‘Call and we talk service’ so that we can negotiate the bills and mode of payment. Also, in case of complaints, leakages and cases of illegal water use, the toll free lines (0800200977 and 0800300977) are available” Turyahurira added.

Water supply sustainability plans

A private security officer guards the long pier that leads to where the water is pumped from 500 metres into the lake. Photo by Entebbe

In a bid to ensure a continuous flow of water supply, National Water and Sewage Corporation – Entebbe has come up with a number of plans to that effect.

Among these include the reliable water production team (essential staff working in shifts – day and night), fully stocked water production inputs and repair materials, acquired generator at Namulanda booster, operational office (with social distancing element in place), technical team (plumbers) on standby and provision of temporary storage tanks in densely populated confines especially with water supply challenges as Makandwa, Nakigalala and Kawoto areas.

The different water supply systems include; Nsamizi, Ssisa, Bwebajja, Kitende and Akright which have transmission mains, reservoirs, booster stations and distribution mains averaging 400KM coverage.

There are four NWSC branches with Entebbe Municipality and Katabi Town Council to include; Entebbe Town, Abaita Ababiri, Kawuku and Kajjansi.

It should be noted that the practical water treatment production capacity stands at 27,500,000 litres per day with an average water supply of 17 hours in a working day.

The main water transmission and treatment plant in Entebbe was established in 1930. Over the years, it was upgraded to the current system in place.

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