State to release $2m for Mungwi Water

An unsafe water source in Zambia.
THE Government will soon release US$2 million towards improvement of the water reticulation system in Mungwi district in Northern Province, Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister Christopher Yaluma has said.

Mr Yaluma said the Government would release $2 million before the end of the year to improve water reticulation in the district.
Mr Yaluma, who is also Malole Member Parliament, said the problem of water reticulation in his constituency, if not attended to early would pose a health hazard as there was likely to be an outbreak of water born diseases.
Mr Yaluma was speaking in an interview shortly after touring various projects in the vast rural constituency recently.
“The water reticulation system in the district is pathetic, there is need for a complete overhaul, the ministry of Local Government has promised to release the money before the end of the year,” he said.
He said when the money is released, the designer of water and sewerage system lines would be on sight, adding that the water infrastructure in the district was very old.
“The people should not worry. We are a working Government, this will soon be worked on so that diseases are prevented,” he said.
Pupils at Mungwi Technical High school also expressed fear that if the water and sanitary situation were not attended to by the school management, pupils risked contracting water-borne diseases, especially with the rainy season approaching.
Speaking on behalf of the pupils, Makumba Chanda said the sanitation at the institution was pathetic due to the erratic water supply at the institution.
“The ablution block is not functioning well due to the shortage of water coupled with a blocked sewer system, ” he said.