PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka
GOVERNMNET says the newly-commissioned water supply improvement project in Misisi township in Lusaka Province will provide clean drinking water to over 30,000 residents.
Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Lloyd Kaziya said Government, in collaboration with other stakeholders spent K2 million on the project.
He said 12 kilometres of water distribution network,the connection of 100 households, 35 kiosks and the upgrading of 14 community taps have also been delivered in the township.
Mr Kaziya said his ministry will step up education campaigns to influence behavioural changes on how to use toilets,cleaning them after use and washing hands with soap after using the facilities.
“Government recognises access to clean water as a human right issue in line with the United Nations resolution of July 28, 2010. The United Nations resolution sits well with the vision of the Patriotic Front (PF) government which is anchored on pro-poor policies aimed at lifting people out of the burdens of poverty,” Mr Kaziya said.
And Chawama member of Parliament (MP) Lawrence Sichalwe said the implementation of the project will positively affect the community, who before the project used to get water from shallow wells.
“I would like to urge the people of Msisi township to ensure that they guard the project jealously against vandalism,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lusaka Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe said Government is committed to ensure that every community in Lusaka have access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation.