Kufuna urges water utility companies to do their best

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Deputy Minister of Local Government and Housing John Kufuna has urged water utility companies to do their best in providing adequate and safe drinking water to the Zambian people.

Mr. Kufuna said government was investing a lot of money to improve the water sector in the country in order for citizens to have access to clean drinking water as stipulated in the vision for 2030.

He said this during a two day inauguration workshop of board of directors for Chambeshi, Luapula and Lukanga Water and Sewerage Companies in Lusaka today.

Mr. Kufuna also called on the Chambeshi Water and Sewerage Company board members to take keen interest in following projects worth K132.6 million which are being implemented in the various districts in Muchinga Province.

He stated that for Nakonde district alone, government released 31.2 million for the water supply project which was contracted in August 2012 because it was critical for the border town that has a very high transit population.

He further revealed that government also allocated 32.9 million for Isoka water supply and sanitation project, K40.9 million allocated for Chinsali district in Muchinga Province while K27.6 million has been earmarked for Kaputa water supply respectively.

Mr. Kufuna has since warned that government will not condone water utility companies that will engage in extravagant expenditure at the expense of providing services to the public.

The three water utility companies’ boards of directors are the last ones to be inducted on corporate governance programme for commercial utilities.

And speaking at the same event, National Water Supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) Director Kelvin Chitumbo said he trusted that the newly inducted board of directors will do their best to provide better services for the communities in their jurisdictions.

Mr. Chitumbo also urged the board members to work extra hard in order to improve the water utility companies for better and adequate services for the people.

He said sacrifice was important for water utility companies to be appreciated by the communities in which they operate.