CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
KONKOLA Copper Mines (KCM) in partnership with Government has launched three solar-powered water boreholes worth K766,000 to supply clean
drinking water to over 1,300 homes in Chingola.
The launch of the project is part of KCM’s Go Green environmental plans, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and national initiatives to increase access to clean water.
Minister of Works and Supply Matthew Nkhuwa said the launch of the project is critical to the provision of quality drinking water to the residents.
Mr Nkhuwa, who is also Chingola member of Parliament, commended KCM for taking clean drinking water closer to the door-steps of Chingola residents.
He said this yesterday during the launch of water facilities which were installed in Kalilo, Kakosa West and Helen settlements on the outskirts of Chingola town.
The total number of people to access clean water in the area is expected to rise to 8,000.
“This project is critical to the residents of these areas because it has brought quality water closer to their door-steps,” Mr Nkhuwa said.
This is according to a statement issued by KCM public relations and communications manager Shapi Shachinda.
KCM general manager – power, energy and corporate social responsibility Howard Chilundika said the project is in line with the company’s quest to uplift the living standards of people in areas where it operates.
“KCM is here for the long haul, for at least another 50 years, and we will continue to work on projects that impact the lives of people positively because we care for the planet and our people,” Mr Chilundika said.
He said the model of KCM’s water projects is tailored on shared use of water facilities in communities and partnering with the government on projects that promote community development.
And councillor Richard Mutale said prior to the installation of the boreholes, residents walked very long distances to draw water from nearby streams.
“We are gratified to have water very close to our homes, we consider KCM as our true partner because of the initiatives the company has undertaken in our area,” Mr Mutale said.