Government will in the second quarter of 2018, start implementing the Integrated small towns water supply and sanitation programe in northern, muchinga, Luapula and Western provinces, targeting 12 districts.
The districts include Mbala, Kasama, Mpika and Nakonde. Others are Samfya, Kawambwa, Mwense and Mansa, while the rest are Kaoma, Mongu, Senanga and Sesheke.
The 48 months project, which will be at a total cost of USD150M, with government counterpart funds, and a USD1.6M grant from MIC TAF, aims to increase access to quality, safe and reliable water supply and sanitation for the people in the project areas.
Ministry of Water Development sanitation and environmental protection Permanent Secretary ED CHOMBA says water supply infrastructure will include the rehabilitation and construction of new reservoirs and water network facilities.
Construction and rehabilitation of sewer networks, as well as the construction of climate resilient demonstration public sanitation facilties among other programmes, will be undertaken on the sewerage infrastructure development.
Dr. CHOMBA says at completion, the programme targets to improve the health of close to nine hundred and 30 thousand people through access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation services .
Dr. CHOMBA says the selected utility companies in the project areas Like Chambeshi, are expected to increase thier national coverage contribution to water supply and sanitation from their current contribution of 47 percent and 25 percent water supply and sanitation provision respectively.
He says this is in line with Government’s commitment to have a one hundred percent access to safe, and reliable water supply by all and 90 per cent access to sanitation services by 2030.