Minister of Water Development, Sanitation, and Environmental Protection Hon. Lloyd Kaziya says Zambia has a vision of achieving hundred percent water supply coverage and ninety percent access to sanitation services by 2030.
Mr. Kaizya said in order to achieve these targets Zambia will require $ 229 million and an additional $1495m to build and maintain safely managed services and universal basic coverage each year respectively up to 2030.
Mr. Kaziya was speaking when he presented a paper on the current status of access to water and sanitation in Zambia, under the theme Achieving Safely Managed Sanitation in Zambia.
He said the country’s water, sanitation and hygiene sector is guided by the Vision 2030 which prioritizes achieving universal access to adequate water services by 2030 and ninety percent access to sanitation by 2030.
Mr. Kaziya said the sector is also guided by the National Urban and Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programmes and the National Development Plan.
He revealed that government has developed the Open Defecation Free strategy which prioritizes the elimination of open defecation by 2020.
Mr. Kaziya said although the vision 2030 target resonates well with the SDGs, Zambia needs to align key aspects of the SDGs and how these are assessed and reported including water quality, access and availability, and safe management of faecal sludge.
The Minister later paid a courtesy call at the Embassy of Zambia in Washington DC where in urged the diplomats to attract investors to invest in sector.