Water Body to Get Boost

09 November 2001

The National Water and Sewerage Corporation in Uganda may soon get a boost following the introduction of new pipes for water distribution by Amiantit Pipe Systems Africa, a South-African based company.

Amiantit launched Friday the new glass reinforced polyester pipes (GRP) at Hotel Equatorial in Kampala. The glass polyester pipes may replace the ductile and plastic pipes that have been in use, as there are presumably stronger and easier to install.

Speaking at the launch of the pipes, the Projects Manager, National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Peter Balimunsi said the new pipes will be tested on small projects and if they work better, they will be adopted in bigger projects.

While launching the pipes, Amiantit Sales Manager, Graham Crooks said the pipe's brand name is Flowtite. He said Flowtite pipes have already been tried out in various projects in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana since their first manufacture in 1992 and they have proven effective.

Jos-Hansen, a Germany-based company that specialises in the supply and installation of complete plants for water supply schemes has been contracted to market the Flowtite pipes in Uganda. The pipes will come in sizes ranging from 80mm diameter to 12,000mm diameter and will be used for water transmission and distribution, sanitary, industrial and household sewerage outflow and irrigation.

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