CHRISTINE CHIHAME, Mansa
GOVERNMENT, through the support of Japan, has sourced K55.3 million to improve water supply services in six districts in Luapula Province.
Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Lloyd Kaziya said the water project will benefit over 82,000 people in the province.
Mr Kaziya said Mansa, Chipili, Nchelenge, Milenge and Mwense will benefit from the water project.
Mr Kaziya was speaking during the commissioning ceremony for the groundwater development project at Kapala in Mwense district yesterday.
“My Government, through support from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has released K55.3 million for the improvement of water supply services in six districts in Luapula,” Mr Kaziya said.
He said Government is committed to ensuring improved access to safe water supply and sanitation remains on the development agenda.
Mr Kaziya said Government has this year embarked on the implementation of various water infrastructure in Luapula, which is the construction of 2,000 water points, which will comprise boreholes.
He said Government will also rehabilitate 1,000 dysfunctional water points in rural areas.
“In regards to rural sanitation and hygiene, Government will continue to promote community-led approaches to sanitation, and construct 300 institutional sanitation facilities across the country,” he said.
He said this will lead to increased access to clean and safe drinking water.
And Japanese ambassador to Zambia Hidenobu Sobashima said safe drinking water is one of the important elements of public health.
He said safe drinking water will decrease the number of people suffering from waterborne diseases.