National Water and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) has disclosed that 2014 was a landmark year in its efforts to provide universal access to water supply and sanitation.
Speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka today NWASCO Director Kelvin Chitumbo attributed the success to the rebranding of the council earlier in the year.
Mr. Chitumbo said rebranding entailed redoubling their effort’s with vigor and steering the water sector to the heights desirable for all.
He said the public is therefore assured of increased visibility of NWASCO providing a better platform for consumers to be involved in regulation by providing feedback on the quality of service.
Mr. Chitumbo further said complaints on water supply and sanitation will be dealt with promptly within stipulated service level time frames.
He said the ultimate goal of the rebranding is to ensure improved service provision by commercial utilities.
Mr. Chitumbo said NWASCO has continued to improve regulatory instruments to ensure quality, affordable, and sustainable water supply and sanitation service to the urban parts of the country.
He said the sector cannot grow and improve by using the same approaches of the past and as such they have developed new guidelines and revised the old ones.
And Devolution Trust Fund (DTF) Manager Sam Gong’a said in September this year DTF approved funding for six water projects at a value of K10.9Million and four feasibility surveys for sanitation.
Mr. Gong’a said since 2006, DTF has financed 83 water supply improvement, four sanitation and feasibility for second call sanitation among others at the value of over K73Million.
He said these projects involved laying of water distribution lines, construction of kiosks and provision of metered household connections and installation or rehabilitation of storage tanks.