Solwezi receives sanitation boost

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Solwezi receives sanitation boost

Solwezi, June 7, 2013,ZANIS…………North Western Water Supply and Sewerage Company in Solwezi says the setting up of a decentralized waste treatment systems  is the only solution that can help mitigate the problems associated with poor sanitation.

Company Project Manager Mufalo Nanyama says the continued reports of sewer over spilling and blockages in townships will not end unless the company invests more to improve the network system in  the entire province.

Mr Nanyama says the completion of the construction of a decentralized sewer treatment system in Solwezi’ s Kandundu township with financial support from the Devolution Trust Fund, a body under the National Water and Sanitation Council(NWASCO), is an eye opener to the company  that is set to improve  sanitation services in Solwezi.

Mr Nanyama explained that ever since Solwezi was established the town has had no sewer treatment system as individual households relied on septic tanks constructed behind their house to dispose off sewer waste.

Mr Nanyama noted that it is the company’s intention to roll out similar decentralized sewer systems which can cover 100 houses and more once funds are sourced.

Mr Nanyama was speaking to ZANIS today in an interview in Solwezi.

And Devolution Trust Fund acting Manager Jackson Mulenga expressed happiness in the manner  the project has been carried out in Kandundu township.

 He said with the completion of the sewer system funded at a cost of KR2 million, his organization is ready to support more similar sanitation projects that the water utility company is willing to embark on.

Mr Mulenga said it was important that commercial utilities embark on setting up decentralized sewer systems in communities where there are no sewer treatment plants.

He said constructing decentralized sewer systems which can only cater for a given number of households was cheaper compared to one which would require having a whole city connected to.

Mr Mulenga disclosed that DTF an instrument under NWASCO has this year set aside KR15 million to support sanitation projects in the country.