President Edgar Lungu has reaffirmed government’s commitment in ensuring that all citizens have access to clean and safe drinking water by the year 2030.
The Head of State said it is disheartening to see how women and girls particularly in the rural parts of the country move long distances with containers perched on their heads in search of water, a scenario he noted will be reversed by government, to ensure that the commodity to taken to people’s door steps.
President Lungu was speaking yesterday afternoon during the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the Kafulafuta Water Supply System project in Masaiti district.
The Head of State noted that the water project is timely, as it will improve water supply in Ndola and the surrounding towns of Luanshya, Masaiti and parts of Mpongwe on the Copperbelt Province.
He affirmed that water resource management and development is central to sustainable growth and poverty reduction.
And President Lungu has stated that the Kafulafuta water project which is wholly funded by the Zambian government will cost a total of 449 million United States dollars.
The Head of State noted that the project is intended to improve the quality and quantity of raw water for treatment and use in Ndola, Luanshya and Masaiti will also result in the construction of water collection infrastructure and transportation pipeline system.
President Lungu further highlighted that the project once complete, will produce 125 million cubic meters of water to its beneficiaries and see the creation of jobs in other industries.
“Other benefits to be accrued from this project include improved health outcomes and increased business opportunities for local suppliers of goods and services through the 20% policy,” President Lungu stressed.
And President Lungu has echoed government’s resolve to counter the adverse effects of climate change which has continued to threaten the water sector by aggressively improving water supply and sanitation services in the country.
The Head of State further affirmed that government will continue to expand and develop water infrastructures such as dams.
President Lungu has also thanked the government of the Republic of China and other co-operating partners supporting various water supply and sanitation projects for this gesture.
The Kafulafuta water supply system project is being undertaken by China National Complete Engineering Corporation.