Katete gets 42 boreholes in 6 months

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Katete district in Eastern province has had about 42 boreholes drilled in different parts during the 2017 third and fourth quarters.

The boreholes are meant to enhance residents’ access to clean water.

Katete District Council Rural Water Sanitation Coordinator Maggie Mvula said out of the 42 boreholes, 20 have been drilled by government at a cost of K 740, 000.

Ms. Mvula was speaking during a presentation on the D-WASHE programme at the District Development Coordinating Committee (DDCC) meeting in Katete.

“Each borehole was costing K 37,000 and were drilled in different parts of the district but currently, we are waiting for pump testing and installation of hand pumps,” she said.

Ms. Mvula also said 11 other boreholes were drilled through the District Commissioner’s office and the council chairperson’s office.

She further said an additional of 11 more boreholes were drilled by World Vision in the different parts of the district.

She said the boreholes where meant to increase sanitation, access to clean water and reducing the distance which people cover to water points.

Meanwhile, Ms. Mvula has said the district has accrued a high water debt from the Eastern Water and Sewerage Company (EWSC).

She disclosed that the debt had been accumulating over the years due to none payment of bills by water users especially the domestic customers.

“Katete has accrued a high outstanding debt amounting to above K 300, 000 which is as a result of non-payment of bills by some customers,” she said.

Ms. Mvula said the institution has since employed bailiffs to collect some items on its behalf in order to recover the loss.

She also said the company was embarking on a programme of service withdrawal for all the accounts which where inactive for more than six months.

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  1. “Each borehole was costing K 37,000 and were drilled in different parts of the district but currently, we are waiting for pump testing and installation of hand pumps,” she said.

    Imagine if one Fire truck costs a whooping inflated $1 million just imagine how much corruption of Lazy Lungu’s govt is costing us….that money would have been used in areas where there are no boreholes and people are still being preyed upon by crocodiles

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    • @JayJay,

      Absolutely right. It is even more shocking when one does simple Math and show in actual numbers just how much the Country has been robbed right under the noses of its citizens under the guise of Fire Tender.

      Here are the numbers: –
      (Using the exchange US$1 = K10)
      Given the fact that each Fire Truck was actually worth US$300,000-and NOT US$1m, the change that ‘disappeared’ after the Zambian Govt knowingly and deliberately paid US$1m/each was 1,000,000 – 300,000 = US$700,000.

      Given that these much needed Boreholes cost US$3,700/each, US$700,000 would have produced:-
      700,000/3,700 = 188 Boreholes in addition to each Fire Truck.
      Therefore, the grand daylight robbery of US$42m WOULD HAVE MOST DEFINITELY paid for 188 x 42 = 7,896 BOREHOLES in addition to the 42 Trucks.

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