Uganda: AfDB provides US$218 million to bolster water services in Uganda

Kampala, Uganda, (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has offered US$218 million to finance essential water services initiatives in Uganda, the bank’s top official in the East African region said on Tuesday.

AfDB Director-General for the East African Delivery Office, Gabriel Negatu, said the Bank would provide the funds through credit and grants to finance water and sanitation projects.

“The Bank prides itself in contributing to the improvement in the quality of lives of the people of Africa. The Water and Sanitation Department leads the bank in increasing its development footprint through sustainable, innovative and clean water management initiatives that have made life easier and reduced water-borne infections for the people of Uganda,” Negatu said.

The Bank’s investments have benefited Ugandans with clean drinking water, waste management services, sanitation and hygiene education for communities and reduction of water pollution.

One of the projects, Kampala Sanitation Programme was effected in February 2010 with the objective of improving living conditions of 1.4 million people in the capital city through enhanced access to better sanitation and environment protection.

AfDB approved a loan of US$48 million through the African Development Fund (ADF). The financing went into Nakivubo Sewerage System, Lubigi Faecal Sludge Management and Treatment and the Kinawataka Sewerage System.

The Nakivubo Wastewater Treatment Plant is 85% complete while the Kinawataka Wastewater Treatment Plant is 30% complete.

Both projects will be completed by the end of the year. The Nakivubo Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) now boasts of a biogas production capacity of 5,940 m3/day and energy potential of 630KW.

In 2010, AfDB approved funding to implement the Lake Victoria Water Supply and Sanitation Programme in the five East African Community partner states - Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

The project’s objective is to address pollution of the lake through boosting sustainable water supply and sanitation infrastructure to 15 secondary towns within the Lake Victoria Basin.

Target towns under the programme In Uganda are Mayuge, the cluster of Buwama-Kayabwe, Bukakata and Ntungamo. The loan approved by AfDB was of US$15.69 million.

-0- PANA AO/AR 26Sept2017

26 september 2017 18:05:09




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