|Uganda's Water Sector Development: Towards Sustainable Systems (SKAT, 1996)|
Water is a major factor in the socio-economic fabric of our society as well as a determining factor in the development potential of the nation. The rapid growth in population and the increased agricultural and industrial activities require adequate and safe water supply.
The Government realized that a rational approach was required towards planning and implementation of water supply infrastructure, rehabilitation and expansion, and more generally, in creating a realistic framework for proper waster resources management, through which priorities can be established and optimal use of the nation's water resources planned.
The framework, within which the water sector is now set to function, consists of three main codes: a Water Action Plan, a new Water Statute, and a National Water Policy.
The first priority in water resources allocation is the provision of water in adequate quantity and quality to meet domestic demand. Allocation of water to meet irrigation, livestock, industrial, fisheries, hydropower and other demands will be done considering the economic, social and environmental value of water.
Within the key domestic water supply sector, Government has
developed strategies towards achieving the adopted national target of 75%
population coverage by the year 2000. The strategies are built on the main
policy principles of democratic decentralization, privatization and true
partnership with the future owners (the users) of the water supply
We are confident that the stage is set in Uganda for a well structured, sustainable and progressive development of the water sector. We are, of course, happy to note that our efforts and achievements are recognized outside our country - a fact which this document bears witness of.
I wish to thank the Swiss Centre for Development Cooperation in Technology and Management (SKAT) and the Handpump Technology Network (HTN) for the recognition they have given to our efforts in strengthening the water sector and for the "mental" support which this case study indeed constitutes in order for us to forge ahead in our endeavours to achieve the ultimate goal of "water for all".
I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to those friendly countries and donor agencies whose support to the water sector has contributed to the success highlighted in this case study.
Ministry of Natural Resources