ZANIS — Government through the Africa Development Bank (ADB) has secured 46 million United States Dollars for a water and sewer system improvement project in four districts in Northern and Muchinga Provinces.
The Project which will be implemented by Chambeshi Water and Sewerage Company will see Kasama and Mbala benefit with USD 30 million while Mpika and Nakonde districts will receive USD 16 million.
This came to light Northern Province Permanent Secretary Charles Sipanje met with the board and management of Chambeshi Water and Sewerage Company.
The meeting was called to discuss concerns presented before President Edgar Lungu by traditional leaders on water challenges.
Chambeshi Water and Sewerage Company board Chairperson Gabriel Kaunda revealed that the project will cater for improvement of water network, storage, sewerage system and is also expected address challenges of non- revenue water.
Mr Kaunda expressed confidence that the new project will enable the firm to increase supply of water to residents in the districts.
He said tender process for the project is already underway and the contractor is expected to be on site before the end of this year.
Meanwhile, Mr Kaunda disclosed that the water reticulation project in Kaputa District is on course with over 70 percent works done by the contractor, Tomorrow investments.
He said works on the project will be completed as soon as funds are available.
Mr Kaunda has since hailed government for showing commitment towards improving the water sector by improving budgetary allocation.
And Mr Sipanje has tasked the water utility to be more proactive in addressing public concerns.
He urged the company to increase public awareness on water projects funded by government and cooperating partners which are currently being implemented.
The Permanent Secretary also directed Chambeshi Water and Sewerage Company to submit quarterly reports to his office on its operations.