Water and sanitation conditions under focus in the Lake Victoria Basin

Water and sanitation conditions under focus in the Lake Victoria Basin

The Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation operation aims at improving the infrastructure for the supply, sanitation and waste management of the lake’s water. Upgraded water and sanitation services are to alleviate the living conditions of poor populations.  

The Kampala Water and Sanitation project in Uganda seeks to increase the number of environmental investments, to provide the best available technologies and to disseminate them more efficiently in the lake area. It has a notable pro-poor approach and is targeted at the poor populations of the area where the need for improved water and sanitation services is great.

In a long-term perspective, it hopes to achieve improved living conditions for the target population of about 4 million people in the region by 2025 through providing safe, reliable and affordable drinking water, with a particular emphasis on improving water supply coverage of the peri-urban and urban poor populations.

The first phase of the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation project was aimed at smaller towns in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. The African Development Bank is currently examining the possibility to fund a second phase involving 15 additional towns, also including Rwanda and Burundi.

The project will include the following components:

  • Upgrading and rehabilitation of the Gaba water treatment complex
  • Construction of a new water treatment plant east of Kampala and the associated network
  • Network restructuring and rehabilitation
  • Extension of water supply in informal settlements
  • Capacity development in the areas of overall investment planning

It will be financed through loans and grants from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) and through equity from Uganda’s National Water and Sewerage Cooperation. The project is to step up the implementation of the regional initiatives which form part of the Millennium Development Goals.

The ITF allocated a grant of €8 million for technical assistance and €14 million for interest rate subsidies in April 2010. The five-year project will run from 2011 to 2016.