The National Water and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) has initiated the process of revising the Water Supply and Sanitation Act No.28 of 1997 in order to strengthen the implementation of the water supply and sanitation programmes in the country.
NWASCO Commercial and Financial Inspector Chola Mbilima disclosed to media in an interview that the council has already drafted the Act and sent it to Cabinet for approval.
Mrs. Mbilima said that following the submission of the Act to the Cabinet, the Water Supply Council is still awaiting the response.
She stated that following the announcement by President Edgar Lungu on the realignment of ministries, implementation of the Act which is being revisited is likely to take off once the Water and Sanitation council is placed under a Ministry.
President Lungu recently announced that he will create a new Ministry in charge of water and sanitation affairs to address issues of water and sanitation in the country.
The President noted that Zambia has abundant water resources and that water shortages should be addressed adequately hence the need to create a new Ministry that will address the challenges.
The revision of the Act as revealed in the 2016 national budget is aimed at strengthening the implementation of water supply and sanitation programmes in the country.
Some of the programmes under the National Water and Sanitation Council are to provide for the establishment of water supply and sanitation utilities, to provide for the efficient and sustainable supply of water and sanitation services under the general regulation of the council and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.