PF GOVT’s COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE WATER SUPPLY, SANITATION AND DRAINAGES
Today, I wish to share with you our Government’s efforts to improve the living standards of our people. Our Government has mobilised a total of US$355 million or K1.8 Billion grant through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the United States of America to improve water supply, sanitation and drainage systems in selected townships of the city of Lusaka.
This project will contribute to the improvement of health and economic productivity of more than 1.2 million people in Lusaka City. Some of the major activities of the project include – infrastructure investments focused on expanding Lusaka’s water supply network, rehabilitation and enlarging sewer networks and improving the city’s drainage. So far 90% of engineering designs and 65% of the drainage have been completed.
Similarly, on 28th June 2012, our Government launched the US$63 million Nkana Water Supply and Sanitation Project which aims to improve access to water supply and sanitation services to the people of Kitwe, Kalulushi and Chambishi Towns by rehabilitating and extending water supply and sanitation systems in the three urban areas. The overall progress of this project is at 71%.
In addition, during the period 2012 – 2013, a total 5,696 boreholes were drilled in various parts of our rural areas at a total cost of K255 million as follows: Eastern (418); Northern (980); Southern (562); North Western (542); Lusaka (200); Central (391); Luapula (1224); Muchinga (587); Copperbelt (631) Western (161).
Going forward, our Government will in 2014, continue with the construction and rehabilitation of water supply and sanitation infrastructure across the country in order to ensure that more women and the vulnerable populations benefit from improved water supply and sanitation investments. MCS- 19/02/14