Regional Launch Uganda

In Uganda, the United Nations World Water Development Report 2017 was disseminated during an event on Tuesday 19th of May 2017 at the District Water Office of Wakiso District Local Government.

Anna Odur, Research Associate at the NGO Association of Uganda Professional Women in Agriculture and Environment (AUPWAE), was invited by the District Water Department at Wakiso District Local Government to disseminate and share key findings of the World Water Development Report 2017. This was during the Water Department’s District Extension Staff Meeting for the 3rd Quarter, Financial Year 2016/2017.

It was discussed that the WWDR 2017, UN-Water flagship report, prepared by the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme and themed ‘Wastewater: The Untapped Resource’, makes a strong case for wastewater as a reliable alternative source of water, shifting the paradigm of wastewater management from ‘treatment and disposal’ to ‘reuse, recycle and resource recovery’. Wastewater is consequently seen as part of the solution to challenges of water scarcity and ever-growing demand for water.

In Uganda, and specifically Wakiso District as the second largest district after the capital Kampala, the rural-urban migration and increased population have placed a demand on safe, adequate and equitable piped water including the need for improved sanitation. Nationally, massive environmental degradation including uncontrolled wastewater disposal pose a big threat to the sustainability of ground- and freshwater resources. According to the Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda’s progress towards target 6.3 of the SDGs, that goes beyond issues of water supply and sanitation, will help achieve goals on health, safe water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, life below water and on land among others. The availability of sanitation options, sludge treatment plants and sensitization will therefore strengthen better planning and implementation for wastewater management initiatives in the country.

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