World water day was instituted in 1992 by the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).
This KCCA campaign will commence today and run up to March 18, 2015.
Jennifer Musisi the Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority while addressing the media at City Hall in Kampala said that the campaign which will be conducted in all Kampala divisions will see free services including free faecal sludge emptying services by vacuum tanks and gulpers, removal of waste backlogs, tree planting and sensitization on health and sanitation for different areas.
Musisi further said that; “The authority together with other sanitation partners will mark the water week with special focus on sanitation in communities, institutions and places of work towards access to improved water and sanitation under the theme An Improved Toilet is a Family Pride.”
Musisi added that school WASH, hygiene and sanitation competitions among schools will be hosted at Nakasero and Kawempe Muslim Primary schools.
The winners of these competitions will be rewarded by the guest of honour at the World Water day celebrations.
The WASH Expo exhibition of water and sanitation products will take place on March 18 and 19th 2015 at Nsambya Gogonya playground in Makindye division.
NGOs, CBOs, Public institutions and private sector will showcase their work as away to increase awareness of the available options for improved water and sanitation services.
Although some progress has been made in the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene services, the Joint Monitoring Programme report of 2013 indicates that 25% of Ugandan’s population is still living without access to improved drinking water sources and 65% still lack access to improved sanitation.
As we speak of now, even the supply of piped water in a number of towns in Uganda and Kampala in particular is intermittent at best despite the efforts by National Water and Sewerage Corporation to muster and dispense in providing portable water.