National Water and Sewerage Corporation

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National Water and Sewerage Corporation
Public utility
Industry Water
Founded 1972
Headquarters Kampala, Uganda
Key people
Christopher Ebal
Silver Mugisha
Managing Director[2]
Services Water Supply and Sanitation
Number of employees
2,500 (2015)[3]
Website Homepage

The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) is a water supply and sanitation company in Uganda. It is wholly owned by the government of Uganda.[4]


NWSC was formed by Decree No. 34 in 1972 to serve the urban areas of Kampala, Entebbe, and Jinja. In 1995, NWSC was re-organized under the NWSC Statute. The company was given more authority and autonomy and the mandate to operate and provide water and sewerage services in areas entrusted to it, on a sound commercial and viable basis.[5] As of October 2016, the following cities and towns receive services from NWSC:[5]

Cities and Towns Served by NWSC
City Town Municipality
Kampala Bushenyi Kateete
Kira Kigumba Luweero
Gulu Paidha Buyanja
Jinja Kitagata Butogota
Entebbe Wakiso Kebisoni
Mbale Pader Kamwenge
Masaka Kaliro Kajjansi
Mbarara Malaba Kanyampanga
Hoima Kisoro Nyakagyeme
Kasese Iganga Kaberamaido
Mukono Ishaka Kanungu
Arua Rukungiri Aduku
Masindi Amuria Nebbi
Soroti Apac Kalisizo
Kitgum Wobulenzi Kihihi
Bombo Kabwohe Nyamirama
Kabale Kiryandongo Kalaki
Lira Lyantonde Oteboi
Tororo Kalisizo Kanyantorogo
Fort Portal Kambuga Atilis
Mubende Ibanda Rwerere
Njeru Lugazi Kangyenyi
Mityana Ssabagabo Itendero

Expansion plans[edit]

In 2011,[6] NWSC began implementing a program to improve water supply to the Kampala Metropolitan Area that includes Kampala City, Wakiso District, Mukono District, Nansana, Ssabagabo, and Kira. The program, which will cost €212 million, is financed by the government of Uganda (€34 million), KfW (€20 million grant), the European Investment Bank (€75 million loan), the French Development Agency (€75 million loan), and the European Union Infrastructure Trust Fund (€8 million grant).[7]

NWSC is planning a new water treatment plant in Katosi in Mukono District with the capacity to supply 120,000 cubic meters (120,000,000 L) of water daily. The plans also include the refurbishment of the Ggaba complex of water treatment plants. The Katosi source of water would complement the existing sources that have a daily capacity of 160,000 cubic meters (160,000,000 L).[8][9]

In December 2015, NWSC announced plans to start serving some of Uganda's rural areas.[10]

Power plant to operate Ggaba water treatment plants[edit]

In October 2014, NWSC advertised for a private partner to build, own, and operate a 7 megawatt independent power station to meet the company's energy needs at its Ggaba I, Ggaba II, and Ggaba III water treatment plants. This would lower NWSC's power bill, which stood at approximately UGX:24 billion annually, accounting for 35 percent of total operating expenditure. When procured, the partner will sign a 20-year power purchase agreement with NWSC, which will have the option of selling any excess power to the national grid.[11]

Organizational structure[edit]

NWSC has numerous divisions, each headed by a director, general manager, senior manager, or manager.[12]

Board of directors[edit]

NWSC is governed by a nine-member board of directors.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Otage, Stephen (22 July 2014). "Minister confirms Ebal as NWSC board chairperson". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  2. ^ NWSC (27 October 2016). "National Water and Sewerage Corporation: Senior Management". Kampala: (NWSC). Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Otage, Stephen (20 July 2015). "NWSC to restructure management team". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  4. ^ LGP (27 October 2016). "Water for All: National Water and Sewerage Corporation". Little Gate Publishing (LGP). Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  5. ^ a b NWSC (27 October 2016). "National Water and Sewerage Corporation: About Us". Kampala: (NWSC). Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  6. ^ EC (21 July 2015). "Kampala Water - Lake Victoria Water And Sanitation Sector (WATSAN)". European Commission (EC). Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  7. ^ EIB (27 October 2016). "Kampala Water - Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Project (Uganda)". European Investment Bank (EIB). Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  8. ^ WTN (18 April 2011). "Uganda to Build $306m Water Treatment Plant in Katosi". (WTN). Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  9. ^ EABW Staff (10 December 2013). "Uganda: Kampala in U.S.$280 Million Revamp for City Water". Kampala: East African Business Week (EABW) via Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Otage, Stephen (18 December 2015). "NWSC registers heavy profits". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  11. ^ Businge, Julius (10 November 2014). "NWSC eyes own power plant". The Independent (Uganda). Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  12. ^ NWSC. "National Water and Sewerage Corporation: Our Structure". National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC). Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  13. ^ NWSC (27 October 2016). "Board of Directors: National Water and Sewerage Corporation". Kampala: National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC). Retrieved 27 October 2016. 

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