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, as well as the development of a new water system and 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. A consultancy contract for design and supervision on Rehabilitation and Water Production Capacity Optimization of Ggaba Water Treatment Complex & Minor Transmission Improvements Short-term ‘Quick win and No regret’ Measures was signed in June 2012 (EU-AITF funded). Feasibility studies on Water Network Modelling and Master Planning have been finalized 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 has been delivered. The consulting contracts for design, supervision and conceptual design of the water treatment plant and transmission main have been signed and consultants mobilised to the sites. The prequalification documents for the works contract for both contracts have been developed and submitted. It is expected that the works contracts for the drinking water treatment plant and transmission main will be signed during the first quarter of 2017.
The EU-AITF is supporting this project with two grant operations, a technical assistance of EUR 8m for expert services to the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) and an interest rate subsidy of EUR 14m for subsidising AFD’s loan financing of EUR 75m for the project. The major services to be financed with the technical assistance 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 2016.