Directorate of Water Development

The Directorate of Water Development (DWD) is responsible for providing overall technical oversight for the planning, implementation and supervision of the delivery of urban, rural water and sanitation services, and water for production across the country. DWD is responsible for regulation of provision of water supply and sanitation and the provision of capacity development and other support services to Local Governments, Private Operators and other service providers. DWD comprises four(4)Departments; Rural Water Supply and Sanitation; Urban Water Supply and Sanitation, Water Utility and Regulation and Water for Production.


The National Framework for Operation and Maintenance of Rural Water Infrastructure in Uganda (hereafter called ‘the Framework’) was developed by the Ministry of Water and Environment in 2019 with financial support from the Royal Danish Embassy and UNICEF. The objective was to develop options and standards for institutionally and financially sustainable operation and maintenance (O&M) systems for rural water supply infrastructure that are currently not adequately covered by existing management models.  

Improving Livelihoods through Water for Production

The Ministry of Water and Environment is undertaking several programmes in the development and utilization of water resources for productive use in crop irrigation, livestock, aquaculture, rural industries and other commercial uses to improve people’s livelihoods in rural areas through increasing the storage volumes for water for production. This is being done through construction of medium irrigation schemes, small scale irrigation schemes, earth dams, valley tanks, deep boreholes and bulk water schemes.

Completed Projects (2019)-Urban Water - Final Draft

The Ministry of Water and Environment through the Urban Water and Sewerage Departments takes mandate to construct piped water supply and sewerage systems in the large towns, small towns and rural growth centers in Uganda.  During the year 2019, The mandate is implemented through the 4No. WSDFs of Central, South Western, Eastern and Northern. It is also implemented through LV Watsan, WMDP, ERT and Support to small towns. The summarized table indicated the piped water supply and sanitation systems constructed and completed during the 2019.

JWESSP-II 2018-2023

The Joint Water and Environment Sector Support Programme (JWESSP) phase two 2018 - 2023 is a successor to the JWESSP 2013 – 2018 and builds on its achievements. The JWESSP phase two will be implemented by the Government of Uganda, represented by the Ministry of Water and Environment, with harmonised support from the water and environment sector Development Partners. The programme will help the sector to achieve its targets and improve its performance through consistent and harmonised support that is aligned to government objectives, policies and delivery modalities.