PF govt mobilize funds for clean water supply – Sata

President Sata

President Sata

President Michael Sata says his government is committed to improve supply of clean water and improve sanitation in the country.

According to information posted on his Facebook Page on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, Government has mobilised a total of US$355 million or K1.8 Billion grant through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the United States of America to improve water supply, sanitation and drainage systems in selected townships of the city of Lusaka.

“This project will contribute to the improvement of health and economic productivity of more than 1.2 million people in Lusaka City. Some of the major activities of the project include – infrastructure investments focused on expanding Lusaka’s water supply network, rehabilitation and enlarging sewer networks and improving the city’s drainage,” read the post.

President Sata says so far 90% of engineering designs and 65% of the drainage have been completed.

He stated that on June 28, 2012, his Government launched the US$63 million Nkana Water Supply and Sanitation Project which aims to improve access to water supply and sanitation services to the people of Kitwe, Kalulushi and Chambishi Towns by rehabilitating and extending water supply and sanitation systems in the three urban areas of the Copperbelt province. He said the overall progress of this project is at 71%.

“In addition, during the period 2012 – 2013, a total 5,696 boreholes were drilled in various parts of our rural areas at a total cost of K255 million as follows: Eastern (418); Northern (980); Southern (562); North Western (542); Lusaka (200); Central (391); Luapula (1224); Muchinga (587); Copperbelt (631) Western (161),” said President Sata.

The Head of State who has been updating the country on what his government is doing through his Facebook Page states that going forward, his Government will in 2014, continue with the construction and rehabilitation of water supply and sanitation infrastructure across the country in order to ensure that more women and the vulnerable populations benefit from improved water supply and sanitation investments.