MTN Uganda and National Water and Sewerage Corporation [NWSC] have partnered to serve over 30,000 households with clean safe water.
The two companies have joined hands to provide 23 bulk water points in various parts of Kampala.
The partnership was revealed Tuesday by MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte and NWSC Managing Director Dr Silver Mugisha.
The first phase to be completed in January 2021 will deliver 160 million liters of water per day to the greater Kampala supply network.
According to Mugisha, the partnership with MTN will provide short term relief to NWSC customers in water stressed areas as NWSC undertakes the completion of the Katosi Water Treatment Plant.
MTN has provided UGX 220 million towards the partnership.
“In a crisis, action speaks louder than words. We cannot speak of handswashing with soap without water. The 23 bulk water points will make a difference in thousand of lives. Let us all do something extraordinary to fight the spread of COVID19 pandemic,” Wim said.
“We are happy to contribute 220million towards clean water for population. Let’s fight Corona together by washing our hands. We call upon other companies to join us as we build more bulk water points to serve the population.”
He said that is why MTN, working through institutions like NWSC, is supporting the delivery of much needed water to underserved areas in the fight to avert a covid-19 pandemic in the country.
“This partnership alongside several others implemented in the effort to fight covid-19, are a demonstration of the brand’s commitment to support Ugandan’s in our hour of need. MTN believes that the resilience of communities is strongest when people work together,” he noted.
Mugisha on the other hand said NWSC is grateful for this partnership with MTN and Roofings Group during this COVID-19 outbreak where water is a critical input in the prevention of infection and spread of the virus.
Nalumunye, Nansana, Kireka-Kamuli, Wakiso-Ssenge, Nansana-Gganda, Namagoma, Mukono-Nakapinyi, Ndejje-Ggangu, Najjanankumbi-Kitiko will benefit from this partnership.
Other areas to benefit include; Kyengera (Nagalabi-Kisozi), Wakiso-Kikoro, Mukono-Kasenge, Seeta (Kagala-Bukelele), Kyaliwajjala, Kijabijo, Kiteezi, Kiryagonja (Bulindo-Kira-Nsasa-Kilyamuli), Matugga-Buwuzume, Bulenga-Ganda-Bulenga, Kyebando Central, Gayaza, Nateete etc.
This initiative has received support from other corporate companies under the CEO forum with Roofings Uganda Ltd contributing UGx 100M towards the same cause.
Over 30,000 households will benefit from this joint water supply intervention.
Under the partnership, the NWSC will install 23 bulk water points and purchase a water bowser that will be used to ensure regular supply of water to these water points.