Uganda: Improvement of Access to Water and Sanitation in Buliisa

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Total E&P, Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE), Buliisa District Local Government


TOTAL E&P is one of the companies active in Uganda’s oil sector and operator of exploration areas covering oil fields in Western Uganda. Crucial factors for the future operations of TOTAL E&P in Uganda include potential environmental and social impacts of oil exploration and the water availability for TOTAL E&P’s core operations. Aware of these potential challenges, TOTAL E&P has joined efforts with the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP), Buliisa District Local Government and the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) to implement measures aiming at improving access to water and sanitation for communities and the environment in the exploration areas (covering Ngiri, Gunya and Mpoyo) in Kigwera and Ngwedo Sub-Counties in the Buliisa district.

Established in 2015, this partnership aims to improve water security, water supply and sanitation through implementing an integrated water resources management approach and through strengthening local water management structures.


Approach and Objectives

This project will contribute to the protection of the crucial Lake Albert shoreline system. The MWE and Buliisa District Local Government will provide supervision and coordination with regard to the implementation of the project.
The main objectives of this partnership are to:

  • Contribute to the improvement of the water supply and sanitation situation in Kigwera and Ngwedo sub-counties of Buliisa district
  • Support the integrated water resources management (IWRM) structures for sustainable use and management of water resources in the Sambiya Watershed



The activities of this partnership include:

  • Stakeholder mapping and assessment to identify hotspot areas in the catchment for restoration
  • Strengthening water supply operation and maintenance structures such as the hand-pump mechanic associations through trainings and provision of toolkits
  • Provision of a sanitation facility and training of students and teachers in sanitation best practices at Bugungu Secondary School
  • Construction of animal watering troughs to protect water sources from animal and vector intrusion in the project area
  • Establishment/ revitalisaion of integrated water resources management structures in the area. These structures include watershed user committees and water source caretakers
  • Participatory planning and implementation of activities for the restoration of degraded areas
  • Community Trainings on IWRM best practices and sustainable wetland management techniques



Challenges and Outlook

This is the first water stewardship partnership with the oil and gas sector in Uganda and as such holds great potential for the sustainable development of oil & gas resources in the country and beyond. Further cooperation as well as potential expansion of this partnership will be discussed continuously with the current, as well as potential future partners in the public and private sectors.


Country Set-up

In Uganda, the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) is anchored in the bilateral and GIZ-implemented Reform of the Urban Water and Sanitation Sector (RUWASS) Programme, a joint programme of the German and Ugandan governments. RUWASS aims to strengthen institutional, regulatory and managerial capacities for more equitable access to urban water and sanitation.

IWaSP partners in this country include the MWE, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the National Water and Sewerage Cooperation (NWSC).

IWaSP is an international water security programme which combines global best practices in water stewardship with local know-how. Currently active in seven countries, the six-year programme (2013-2018) facilitates partnerships between the public sector, the private sector and civil society to address shared water risks, while improving stakeholders’ use and management of water and building their capacity to develop their own solu¬tions. GIZ manages IWaSP on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the UK Department for International Development (DfID).


Contact Information

Johannes Rumohr
IWaSP Country Coordinator in Uganda