Works and Technical Services

The sector is comprised of 3 sub-sectors; Works [roads], Civil and Water. The Technical services and Works Directorate is generally charged with the function of overseeing the construction and maintenance of the civil and other engineering infrastructure systems financed by the District L.C.V and or its Sub-counties with a view to ensure quality and value of money of works undertaken in contracts and supplies.

Roads by category include Non motorable and just motorable.

Departmental Staffing levels

Currently the department has got 7 staff (Ag. District Engineer, Assistant Engineer in charge of buildings, Assistant Engineer (Mechanics), District water officer, Asst. Dist. Water officer, Borehole Maintenance Technician and two assigned duties ; Asst. Dist. Water officer –Mobilization and Asst. Dist. Water officer- Sanitation ).

Other staffs in department include:   The Driver and a secretary.

Building Department

  • The department is charged with supervision for all building infrastructure being put up under (LGMSDP) Local Government Management and service delivery Programme, SFG (School Facilities Grant), Primary Health Care (PHC) at Sub County and District Level. Examples of infrastructure include classrooms, teachers’ houses, Pit Latrines and numerous building projects under LGMSDP.
  • For the SFG and PHC, this department offers advisory services to the education and health department where these projects are financed.

While the major challenge to supervision is the inadequacy of resource (within the project designs), we have nevertheless tried to maintain supervision through utilization of all available resources at sector level (funds and vehicles).

Under LGMSDP, this department supports the sub-counties in technical guidance on building projects. Facilitation is however a problem. We therefore appeal to the project investment committees at the sub-counties to be more vigilant to do their job since daily project supervision is their mandate as per LGMSDP operation guidelines.

The general District Road Network is summarized below

Uganda Roads Authority maintains 90 km; Bukalasa- Kgologolo-Ssembabule road (30km), Miwula- Kingazi- Kagologolo road (40km) and Kyabakuza-kyogya- Swamp road (20km)

Uganda Road Fund, funds the maintenance of road network in the district as shown below every year.

  1. District roads (354.4 Km)
  2. Bukomansimbi T/C (92 Km)
  3. Community Access Roads (859 kms)
  4. Kilometrage of feeder roads 338kms
  5. Kilometrage of sub-county access roads 521kms

There are 2 trunk roads in the district

  • Bukalasa-Villa Maria-Ssembabule
  • Miwawula-Kagologolo (64km)

All roads in the district are all-weather roads (can be used both in rain and dry seasons)

Water Department

  • The district water sector is to provide sustainable water within easy reach and hygienic sanitation facilities based on management responsibility and ownership by users.
  • The water sources in the District includes; Rivers, streams, swamps and underground water. The rainfall pattern is bi-modal having two seasons with a dry spell between July and August, January to March.

For equality distribution of water resources in the district can be made possible by tapping and developing these resources to increase water coverage in all areas.

Underground water is nearly in all the sub counties except Bigasa and Kitanda.

Bigasa case, options of borehole drilling are limited unless a feasibility study is carried out.

Probable technologies includes rainwater harvesting tanks at household level and schools, construction of valley Tanks and Valley dams and Piped water supply from possible water point sources.

  • Bukomansimbi Town council is served with piped water system currently there was MOU between Rotary club and water and sanitation development facilities –Central. The system has was upgraded. Therefore water will be able to reach in all those areas which weren’t able to access it.
  • The current District safe water coverage is 63%. The coverage is expected to rise in the next five years after rehabilitation of deep boreholes, construction of shallow wells, boreholes, rain harvesting water tanks and protection of medium springs.

 Table 2.14: Rural Safe Water Coverage by Sub County

Sub County No of  Villages Safe Water Coverage by Functional Water Sources
Bigasa 68 52%
Butenga 74 72%
Kibinge 51 68%
Kitanda 60 56%
Bukomansimbi T Council 15 79%
Average District Coverage 63%

Source: Water Office Bukomansimbi 2015.


Table 2.13 indicates that Bukomansimbi town Council and Butenga have the biggest percentange of safe water coverage. Bigasa and Kitanda have coverages below the National standards being that they are found in the cattle corridor. However 2014 Census results revealed that 54.9% of the households were drinking water from unsafe sources. This implies that more water sources are still wanting and repair of broken sources so that we are able to meet the National standard of 72% otherwise people will continue being exposed to water borne diseases in the district.

Criteria used to determine accessibility and coverage

  • A Shallow well serves 300 people.
  • A Bore hole serves 300 people
  • A Protected Spring serves 200 people
  • A Rain water harvesting tank serves 6 people
  • The accessibility includes all non functional water points.
  • The safe water coverage excludes non function water points.
  • Water for Production facilities are not considered under accessibility and safe water coverage.
  • From the above analysis the sub counties of Bigasa and Kitanda should be prioritized in safe water provision in ensuing year.