WaterWorX project: WOP Kampala Uganda

  • Uganda
  • Uganda - National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC)

The WWX WOP Kampala phase 1 is a WOP between VEI and the NWSC in Uganda. It started in 2017 though the relationship between the two utilities dates back to 2011 with the implementation of the EU capacity development project in Northern Uganda. It is implemented in NWSC’s Kampala Water Area (KWA) with plans to replicate the methods, tools and practices developed and tested in Kampala in the other regions where NWSC is a service provider. The overall objective of the WOP is to strengthen NWSC in the sustainable delivery of cost-effective water services to a rapid growing urban population.  

Specifically, the WOP is assisting NWSC to develop a comprehensive asset management system that enhances business continuity and supply reliability while optimizing the cost of acquisition and management of infrastructure. Key areas of focus include; improving asset management practices (data registration and analysis), establishing resilient water resources management, improving system performance (e.g. NRW reduction measures and initiatives) and maintenance programs and extending the energy saving programs. 

The biggest Achievement of phase 1 of the project are: 

  • The development, implementation and use of Asset Management Information Systems Mapkit and CMMS  
  • The strengthened sustainable groundwater abstraction practices, with developed standards for groundwater assessment studies, sighting and supervision over borehole drilling and monitoring the sustainable operation of boreholes 
  • The formulation of water & sanitation infrastructure investment projects receiving Dutch funding from Invest International 

Modest progress is made with energy audits and the hydraulic designs to improve NRW reduction. These practices have now matured to a level that it has potential to yield good results in the second phase of WWX.

Under phase 2 of WWX WOP Uganda, VEI will provide peer support to assist NWSC in implementing the following Transformational Initiatives: Strengthened NRW Accountability Framework,  Green Technology adoption and Decentralized Wastewater Management Systems, Digitalization and Improved Workflow Processes for an agile work environment and promotion of the  African Water and Sanitation Academy.  

VEI and NWSC will adopt a peer-to-peer learning approach, in close cooperation with the appointed consultant, to support MWE with embedding the outputs of this consultancy such as the developed long term financing strategy and strategic plan, standard operating procedures and systems (for network, commercial, administrative, and financial management) in the Umbrella Authorities, SUM and WURD. This will increase the maturity levels of Umbrella Authorities. As part of this peer-to-peer support the maturity assessments of Umbrella Authorities will be conducted annually; using the Utilities of the Future (WB)-based maturity assessment framework that WWX uses in monitoring maturity level growth of prioritized working processes under the WOP. 

Martin Nijsse