Danish Government Boosts Safe Water Access in Zambia

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Newton Sibanda
February 17, 2015

The Danish government has granted Kafubu Water and Sewerage Company (KWSC) a US$104 million grant to improve water supply in its areas of operation on the Copperbelt.

KWSC board chairperson Sydney Matamwandi says the loan obtained is in line with the firm’s objective of improving service provision to all consumers in area of operations through various projects.

“With the assistance from Government through the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, we have acquired a grant and soft loan of US$104 million from the Danish Government to achieve our objective,” he says.

He was speaking during the commissioning of Kamuchanga water supply project in Luanshya.

Having access to safe water and basic sanitation is vital to everyone's life
Having access to safe water and basic sanitation is vital to everyone’s life

KWSC supplies water and provides sanitation services in Ndola, Luanshya, Masaiti and Mpongwe districts on the Copperbelt. And the company in partnership with the Devolution Trust Fund (DTF) has commissioned water supply projects in Luanshya’s Kamuchanga and Mwaiseni townships at a cost of K1.5 million.

Matamwandi says the scope of work will include replacement of most equipment and network infrastructure for water and sewerage systems.

He further notes that the commissioned project is part of the firm’s commitment to ensure that water supply is improved.

Matamwandi says the plan for Kamuchanga is to intensify the programme of connecting more households within 30 meters from the laid water mains.

Speaking during the same occasion, Victor Muyemba, the Devolution Trust Fund (DTF) Manager said the project will benefit 18,000 residents in Kamuchanga and Mwaiseni townships.

Muyemba says that apart from financing the Kamuchanga and Mwaiseni projects, the fund has to date funded KWSC over K8 million for 10 projects in Ndola.

He, however, appeals to Government to avail more resources to the water sector to improve supply for low income urban residents.

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