THE Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection has embarked on a project to build dams in four provinces at a cost of US$8 million.
Permanent secretary Edward Chomba said the dams will be built in Eastern, Luapula, Copperbelt and Southern provinces to improve water storage facilities.
He said in an interview that Government is scaling-up the construction of dams countrywide, including areas where there is enough rain, to ensure sustainable management of the water resource.
“The ministry has embarked on a dam construction project with support from various stakeholders who include the World Bank and African Development Bank (ADB). We want to improve storage facilities so that we do not experience water deficit in future,” he said.
Bishop Chomba said the dams are aimed at harvesting water for sanitation, irrigation, wildlife and keeping the environment clean.
He said investing in dams is good for the country as it is intended to also increase agriculture production and contribute to the nation’s diversification agenda.
Bishop Chomba said the water will also be used for irrigation, domestic purposes and fish farming.
He said the ministry is mobilising resources from the ADB to construct 16 more dams countrywide.
And Bishop Chomba said the construction of Chikowa Dam in Mfuwe, at a cost of US$1.4 million, was completed and is operational.
He said Chibalashi Dam in Mansa is also completed and 3.9 cubic litres of water has been harvested.
Bishop Chomba said communities in the two districts are already benefitting from the harvested water which is expected to last up to the start of the next rainy season.