The Project supports the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) in the up-grading and rehabilitation of the existing water treatment, transmission and distribution systems, the improvement of water supply and sanitation in informal settlements as well as the development of a new water system and a water treatment plant East of Kampala. The total cost of these investments is estimated at EUR 212m. All loan and financing agreements, as well as the Common Project Terms Agreement were signed between the three financing partners and the Republic of Uganda in April 2011. Due to the complexity of the programme, significant delays were encountered. However, the following outputs were already achieved. The Rehabilitation and Water Production Capacity Optimization of Ggaba Water Treatment Complex as well as Minor Transmission Improvements have been substantially completed. Studies on Water Network Modelling and Master Planning have also been completed and provide the basis for the project as well as long-term investment planning. The feasibility Study on Water Supply and Sanitation in informal Settlements as well as for the water treatment plant east of Kampala completed. All consulting contracts for design, supervision and conceptual design have been signed. The works contract for the transmission main was already signed in July 2017, the works contracts for the drinking water treatment plant was signed in June 2018. The procurement for works contracts for the water and sanitation measures in the informal settlements has started end of 2018.
The EU-AITF is supporting this project with a technical assistance grant of EUR 8m for expert services to the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC). The major services to be financed with this grant include studies for planning, option development, project preparation, detailed designs and hydraulic analyses. These activities are in their implementation stage and are expected to be finalized by end of 2019.