The Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) has approved a USD 355 million water and sanitation project in Lusaka using funding from the United States Millennium Challenge Corporation.
According to Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) managing director, George Ngondwe, receiving ZEMA approval was an important step in the water and he is looking forward to beginning actual construction soon.
“We can now go ahead and deal with the other requirements for the project and soon implement the actual construction works which will have direct impact on the more than 1.2 million people in Lusaka District,” he said.
The LWSC will implement the project across the eastern side of Lusaka including Mtendere, Kalikiliki, Kamanga, Ndeke, Kwamwena, Vorna Valley, Ng’ombe, Chipata and SOS East and will also include the improvements to the Lolanda Water Treatment plant in Kafue and improved sanitation in Mtendere through the installation of a new sewer network.
According to the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the investment in the Zambia water supply, sanitation and drainage infrastructure in Lusaka will help decrease the “incidence and prevalence of water-related disease, productive days lost due to disease and time to collect water, cost of water and new sanitation, and business and residential flood losses.”