Newton Sibanda
July 15th 2011

JAPAN has given Zambia 127 billion Kwacha for the repair and expansion of water supply facilities in Ndola, the administrative capital of Zambia’s Copperbelt region.

According to a statement released by the Japanese Embassy in Lusaka, “Specifically, the grant will be used to repair the Kafubu water treatment plant and the main transmission and distribution pipelines, construction of water kiosks in Kaloko area, installation of a water quality analyser and implementation of the soft component, comprising a technical assistance scheme of support for operation and maintenance systems of the facilities.”

A water kiosk in Zambia's poor neighbourhoods

The project seeks to address the challenge of high demand for water in Ndola, in view of the rising population.

About 354,000 people, mainly living in low income areas, are expected to benefit from the project by the year 2020.

The project will result in the expansion of access to safe water in target areas, thereby fulfilling basic human needs.

“The improvement of hygienic conditions and the availability of piped water through the successful completion of this project, will significantly contribute to the improvement of the quality of life,” the statement says.

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