13,000 to Access Good Sanitation

THE Devolution Trust Fund has launched its second call on sanitation, where 13,000 people countrywide are expected to benefit at the cost of K8 million.

The 13,000 people will have access to good sanitation through various projects to be implemented by Commercial Water Utilities(CUs)

DTF public relations and communications specialist Emma Lwando said in a statement that 13,000 people were expected to benefit from the second call on sanitation.

Ms Lwando said the project would be implemented through commercial water utilities which were currently being evaluated.

She said the first call on sanitation was launched in April 2008 adding that 15,600 people benefited.

“About four projects were supported under the first call which the DTF Lauched in April, 2008 and benefited 15,600 people in Mufulira, Solwezi, Ndola and Livingstone at a total cost of K15.7 million,” she said.

Ms Lwando added that this year’s call was in line with the fund’s achievement of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on sanitation by 2015.

“DTF has committed itself to continue providing support to the CUs to reach about 80,000 people in low income areas with sanitation services by 2015,” She said.

DTF was established by the National Water Supply Council (NWASCO) under the Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) Act 28 of 1997 as an instrument to assist water utility companies improve water and sanitation services.

The fund was further commissioned with a mandate to capacitate CUs provide appropriate, sustainable and affordable water supply and sanitation services to low income urban communities.

Commercial water utilities are obliged to provide sanitation services to defined service areas as mandated in their licence by NWASCO.

Source : The Times of Zambia

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