The German Ambassador visited Gulu from 15th to 17th October. During his trip to Gulu he visited various water and sanitation facilities rehabilitated and supported under the first phase of the Gulu Water and Sanitation Improvement Project which is co-financed by the German Government, World Bank and the Ugandan Government and implemented by the KfW Development Bank. The project has improved the water supply for more than 200,000 people of Gulu. It increased production of water from 3 million liters to now more than 10 million liters per day. The contribution of the German Government towards this project was 23million EUR (c. 99.03 bn UGX).
As part of the tour, Ambassador Matthias Schauer participated in the commissioning of the project on Friday, 16th October 2020 by the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
The population growth in Uganda of more than 3% is among the fastest in the world. This tremendous demographic growth PLUS rising urbanization puts significant pressure also on water supply. Over the past years access to safe water in rural areas has dropped despite continuous investments in new infrastructure. In urban areas access to an improved drinking water source has dropped by 8,5 % in the last year alone. The water supply in the region of Gulu is further put under additional pressure due to the influx of refugees to the surrounding areas.
Even though the first phase of the project is an important cornerstone in the development of Gulu’s water supply infrastructure, further measures are needed. The surrounding water resources are no longer able to meet the increasing demand of water supply for the people in Gulu yet the demand on drinking water is increasing. Therefore the Ugandan Government, the German Government and the World Bank agreed to undertake a costly process to transfer water from River Nile at Karuma to Gulu (a 72 kilometer long pipeline) as a second phase of the Gulu Water and Sanitation Improvement Project. In total around 70 million Euros will be invested in the second phase of the Gulu Water and Sanitation Improvement Project which will further improve the water supply for the people of Gulu and its surroundings.