About the Ministry

The Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) was established in 2007, from the then Ministry of Water, Lands and Environment, following the cabinet decision taken on 15th April, 2007. It has the overall responsibility of the development, managing, and regulating water and Environment resources in Uganda.  



 The Vision of the Water and Environment Sector is ‘Sound management and sustainable utilisation of Water and Environment resources for the betterment of the population of Uganda.’

 Its’ Mission isTo promote and ensure the rational and sustainable utilisation, development and effective management of water and environment resources for socio-economic development of the country’

 The Mandate of the Ministry is derived from the Constitution and the Local Government Act and includes initiating legislation, policy formulation, setting standards, inspections, monitoring, and coordination and back up technical support in relation to water and environment sub sectors.



  • Developing legislations, policies and standards for management of water and environment resources
  • Providing sustainable safe water supply and sanitation facilities in rural areas
  • Providing viable water supply and sewerage/sanitation systems for domestic, industrial and commercial use in urban areas
  • Provision of water for production for use in agriculture , rural industries , tourism and other uses
  • Coordinating the national development for Water for Production (agriculture, industry, aquaculture, tourism, trade)    
  • Promotion of  integrated and sustainable water resource management
  • Providing effective planning, coordination and management mechanisms for water and sanitation sector
  • Providing sound and sustainable management of environment for optimum and social and economic benefits for the present and future generations
  • Promotion of effective management of forests and trees to yield increases in economic, social and environment benefits for the current and future generation , especially the poor and vulnerable
  • Receiving, transmitting and processing all weather data from stations nationwide and to international centres



The overall Strategic objectives for Water and Environment Sector are:

  1. To manage and develop the water resources of Uganda in an integrated and sustainable manner, so as to secure and provide water of adequate quantity and quality for all social and economic needs of the present and future generations with the full participation of all stakeholders
  2. To provide “sustainable provision of safe water within easy reach and hygienic sanitation facilities, based on management responsibility and ownership by the users, to 77% of the population in rural areas and 100% of the urban population by the year 2015 with an 80%-90% effective use and functionality of facilities
  3. Promote development of water supply for agricultural production in order to modernise agriculture and mitigate effects of climatic variations on rain fed agriculture” and
  4. To increase productivity of the natural resource base and harnessing natural resources in a sustainable manner”