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Mekorot to develop Ugandan water infrastructures
Mekorot National Water Company will develop Uganda’s water infrastructure under an agreement signed with the government owned National Water and Sewerage Corporation.
Mekorot contracting subsidiary Mekorot Development and Initiatives Ltd.
will carry out the work.
Mekorot chairman Alex Wiznitzer told Globes that the operations in Uganda had great economic and political importance, and that they could serve as a future base for expanding Mekorot’s activity to other countries in Africa.
The company will first build projects in Karamoja district in Uganda’s
arid northeast. The Ugandan government will provide tens of millions of
dollars in financing for the projects. A team of Mekorot experts toured
the region last month, and found four sites suitable for dams and
floodwater catchment basins. The project will ultimately build 11 dams
and reservoirs to supply water to two million residents. The work will
be carried out by local contractors, under Mekorot’s planning,
management, and supervision.
Wiznitzer said, “Mekorot has a lot to offer from its experience to save
countries’ whose water systems are in catastrophic condition.”
He added that the operations in Uganda could promote bilateral relations.
“Infrastructure can be a bridge to peace, especially when talking about a critical resource like water.
We’re currently focusing on developing a network of relationships, and
it’s premature to talk about the total amount of financial investment,
but it’s a start.”
Mekorot Development officials told Globes that Uganda also needs sewage
treatment plants. Sewage from the capital, Kampala, currently pours directly into Lake Victoria.