–Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) is next year expected to scale-up the water and sanitation project to Mtendere, Mtendere East and Kalikiliki townships in its efforts to improve sanitation in Lusaka City.
LWSC Public Relations Officer, Topsy Sikalinda, says Matero and Kalingalinga were already benefiting from the project.
Mr Sikalinda said in an interview with ZANIS that the scaling-up water and sanitation project, dubbed Lusaka Water Supply Sanitation and Drainage Project, would be catered for using part of the US$355 million (K1.8 billion) grant sourced from the United States Government’s Millennium Challenge Account Corporation that was mobilised by Government to improve water supply, sanitation and drainage systems in selected townships in the city.
Mr Sikalinda said the water project has reached almost 90 per cent progress while the sanitation project was lagging behind.
He, however, quickly pointed out that his institution was working round the clock in ensuring that sanitation levels were also scaled-up.
And Mr Sikalinda said has disclosed that LWSC is piloting the energy project in Kanyama Compound dubbed the faecal-matter Management Project using the solid waste.
He said the energy realised could be used for heating and cooking in most households.
Mr SIkalinda said faecal-matter is the most alternative source of energy and challenged the stakeholders to support his institution in its endeavours.
Recently, PF Matero Constituency Member of Parliament, Miles Sampa, declared his area a ‘No pit latrine’ area.
And President Micheal Sata, who unveiled the Millennium Challenge Account Corporation, said some of the major activities of the project include infrastructural investments that are focused on expanding Lusaka’s water supply network, rehabilitation and enlarging sewer networks and improving the city’s drainage.
President Sata said this project would contribute to the improvement of health and economic productivity of more than 1.2 million people in the city.
The Head of State said so far 90 per cent of engineering designs and 65 per cent of the drainage have been completed.