Construction works for the upgrading and improvement of Water and sanitation infrastructure in Lusaka under the Lusaka Water Supply Sanitation and Drainage (LWSSD) projects has been deferred to 2016.
Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) Public Relations Officer Topsy Sikalinda told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that the project has been rescheduled to the first quarter of 2016 and are expected to be completed in 2017.
Construction works were scheduled to start in October this year but have since been postponed to April 2016.
Mr Sikalinda explained that the development has been caused by delays from the tender process meant to select contractors to undertake the Lusaka Water Supply Sanitation and Drainage (LWSSD) projects.
He said the water utility firm was to ensure that qualified contractors are selected who will ensure that works on the LWSSD projects are executed according to contract specifications and of good quality.
Mr. Sikalinda said once the process of selecting contractors is done, actual construction works will not take longer than the planning and design phase.
Over US$351 million has been injected into the project by Millennium Challenge Account funded by the United States government to improve water, sanitation and drainage system in Lusaka District.