Urban Water Supply and Sanitation
Documents Urban Water Supply and Sanitation and include a number of sub-folders like Water and Sanitation Development Facilities (WSDF) for the four regions, Small Towns Data etc.
The Ministry of Water and Environment published the First Edition of the Water Supply Design Manual in the year 2000. The old Manual has been extremely useful in meeting the needs of those engaged in the planning and design of water supply systems. Over time, however, new technologies in the design of water supply systems have evolved; a lot of experience has been gained, and new issues such as climate change have emerged that have necessitated the revision of this Manual.
The Manual is to be considered in conjunction with the attached Design Guidelines.
The Design Guidelines is to provide practical guidance to planners and design engineers of water supply infrastructure in Uganda, in order to promote standardization, quality assurance and adherence to national standards and international good practices. It is also intended to facilitate a strategic, integrated planning process and to anchor sector policies in implementation practice.
Performance data from Small Towns water supply systems
WSDF approach is now the fully up scaled Ugandan model to implement piped water schemes in ST/RGCs
A long term aim of Uganda's water sector reforms since the early 2000s was to establish a"Water and Sanitation Development Facility" (WSDF) as a means by which to channel funding and technical support into the sector's service providers, i.e. the local governments in the small towns and rural growth centres, in a way that increases efficiency and reduces transaction costs. It was intended also that the WSDF would ultimately transition into an autonomous fund (with the same initials) with an expanding remit across the sector and its stakeholders.
To this end Government with Development Partner support launched WSDF-SW in July 2006 under Directorate of Water Development an arm of the Ministry of Water and Environment. It was established as a pilot structure responsible for supporting Small Towns (STs) and Rural Growth Centres (RGCs) get access to piped safe water and improved sanitation. The WSDF-SW identifies STs/RGCs, funds production of designs and actual construction of the systems, and sets up Operation and Maintenance structures. The WSDF-SW operations are guided by an operations manual approved by Development Partners and the Government of Uganda.
The experiences gained in the WSDF-SW were replicated in the setup of a similar WSDF in the Northern part of Uganda and subsequently in East and Central Uganda as well. These Water and Sanitation Development Facilities were established with delegated financial and procurement powers for efficient implementation at local /regional levels.
The urban water and sanitation sub-sector has been undergoing a series of reforms since year 2001 to ensure that services are provided with increased performance and cost effectiveness and the burden on Government to provide these services gradually decreases while maintaining its commitment to equitable and sustainable services.
The Ministry of Water and Environment with support for from the Austrian Development Agency hired a consultant, ESC consulting to develop an Urban Sanitation Implementation Manual. We are happy to inform you that this Sanitation Manual is now available and ready for implementation by all stakeholders in the urban water and sanitation sector.
The Manual has been prepared to standardise and guide implementation of integrated sanitation and hygiene service delivery at all levels (household, public and institutional) in line with the Ten-Year Integrated Financing Strategy for Improved Sanitation and Hygiene (ISH) in Small Towns. The Manual is a guide through the whole process of implementing sanitation and hygiene activities from planning, financing, awareness and demand creation, to designing and detailed planning, as well as construction till setting up an operation and management system and handing over.
The Manual does not only guide the activities of Water and Sanitation Development Facilities, Umbrella Organisations for Water and Sanitations and Water Authorities and their Water Supply and Sanitation Boards but also all other implementing and decision making private and public sector stakeholders especially Local Governments.