KIS brings clean water to fishing communities on Bugala Island

Kalangala Infrastructure Services (KIS) is a privately owned mixed utility company on Uganda’s Bugala Island. We have been fully operational since 2016, delivering road, ferry, power and water services for the islands’ residents. Of our services, access to clean, potable water has arguably proven to be the most significant for islanders.

Before KIS, people drank and washed with contaminated lake water and women and children spent much of their time collecting and carrying water to their homes. Now, KIS uses solar power to extract, filter, chlorinate and distribute piped water.  So far, we have established 696 safe water connections, including 65 public stand taps.  With access to clean water, cases of diseases such as typhoid, bilharzia and dysentery have fallen on Bugala Island – from 5731 cases in 2013 to 1079 in 2015/16 – in stark contrast to the situation faced by residents of other islands in the Ssese archipelago, particularly children, for whom waterborne disease still presents a significant risk to health, and to life.

KIS was established as a partnership between the Government of Uganda and InfraCo Africa, a publicly funded company which is part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG). The project’s unique design marked the first time that InfraCo Africa had sought to incorporate a water project alongside its more bankable power and transport initiatives, leveraging the income derived from KIS’ ferries to cross-subsidise clean water infrastructure.

As we celebrate World Water Day 2018, KIS’ commercial water services are set to be extended through a new initiative which will connect the Nakatiba landing site on Bugala Island to clean water.  InfraCo Africa is also actively exploring options to replicate the addition of sustainable water and sanitation initiatives to power projects elsewhere in its sub-Saharan project portfolio.

About the author

John Opondo

John joined KIS in 2012 as Finance Director following one year of overseeing Finance Operations of KIS as the Finance Director, eleQtra East Africa (the Developer of KIS). He was a key resource during Financial Close that was achieved in Dec 2012. John assumed the role of Managing Director in February 2017. As Managing Director John has the Board’s delegated powers for the day to day management of the company in addition to being an authorised signatory of the company.

Recent projects

Uganda: Kalangala Infrastructure Services

Making connections for a brighter future

  • Marine transport
  • Water
  • Road
  • 1.6MW solar diesel
  • Our Commitment: US$7.7m
  • Total Commitment: US$49m
  • Up to 30,000

Operational. KIS is a pioneering mixed utility company that: operates two modern roll-on roll-off ferries; purifies and distributes clean water; provides affordable solar power; and has upgraded Bugala Island’s 66km main road.