By CHOMBA MUSIKA
GOVERNMENT has commissioned a K1 million water supply and sanitation project in Kalomo.
Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe said Magrimond water supply project is part of Governmentâ€™s programme to provide citizens with clean water, especially in peri-urban areas.
Mr Munkombwe said this on Friday in a speech read for him by Kalomo district administrative officer Justas Phiri.
The water treatment plant will cater for over 900 households in Magrimond township.
Mr Munkombwe said Government is happy that the project funded by the Devolution Trust Fund (DTF) will improve water supply and sanitation in the township, which had been grappling with inadequate and erratic water supply.
â€œThis project will improve water supply in the peri-urban area as well as promote health and hygiene by providing water to the urban poor in Magrimond township, which has an estimated population of 8,400 people.
â€œThis project is also aimed at mitigating the outbreak of waterborne diseases and reducing the disease burden on our people,â€ Mr Munkombwe said.
He said Government will continue to partner with stakeholders such as DTF to improve water supply and sanitation in Zambia.
Government is yet to upgrade water supply systems in Choma to meet the demand of the growing population.
â€œGovernment is funding another water sanitation project in Livingstone worth K65 million. We, through the Land Development Fund, are also funding another water supply project here in Kalomo at Golden Miles aimed at accelerating housing development by providing requisite services such as water, roads and electricity,â€ he said.
Earlier, Southern Water and Sewerage Company (SWASCO) managing director Charles Shindaile said the water utility has laid a 9.4 kilometre water supply network to connect 900 households.
SWASCO board chairperson Anne Tischer said the water utility has metered the houses so that residents only pay for what they use.
And DTF manager Sam Gonâ€™ga said his organisation will remain committed to funding projects aimed at promoting health and sanitation, especially in rural areas.
In a vote of thanks, Hildah Lungu, a resident of Magrimond township, thanked Government for providing citizens with clean water.
By CHOMBA MUSIKA