April 23, 2014

LUSAKA Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) has been voted the best water utility company in the developing world at the just ended Global Water summit in France.

LWSC public relations and marketing manager Topsy Sikalinda said in a statement that the company was selected from four other utility companies from various African countries.

Most African countries struggle to provide access to water and sanitation to their people

Mr Sikalinda said the Water Leaders Award is a global water awards event designed to reward excellence and innovation that recognizes utility companies making a difference at the front-line of the battle for safe water and good sanitation.

This year, the awards were presented by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the French capital, Paris.

“LWSC was voted amongst the best four utilities in the developing world that were eligible to receive the award for 2014.

The other three were ABSA of Argentina, Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board of India and National Water and Sewerage Corporation of Uganda,” Mr Sikalinda said.

Water scarcity is one of the world’s leading problems affecting more than 1.1 billion people globally

LWSC managing director George Ndongwe said the company has made progress in improving the lives of people through improved water supply and sanitation services.

“We are delighted to be recognized by Global Water Intelligence as the best water utility company.

We have made a lot of strides in improving the lives of people in Lusaka through projects that benefited over 500,000 people,” Mr Ndongwe said.

He said the company has completed the construction of a new treatment plant in Luangwa district and the rehabilitation of the Kaseba water treatment in Kafue.

Mr Ndongwe said other projects include the installation of new water connections in Lusaka`s Libala South, Kaunda Square and many other surrounding areas.

Water Journalists Africa

Water Journalists Africa (WJA) is the largest network of journalists reporting on water in the African continent. It brings together some 700 journalists from 50 African countries. It was established in 2011 in Cape Town South Africa with support from the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication.

WJA is legitimately registered as an NGO with Uganda’s National Bureau for NGOs (NGO Bureau)

It is governed by a board of governors and an advisor body. The two bodies meet regularly to review the organization’s programs and projects.

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