PRISCILLA MWILA, Lusaka
MILLENNIUM Challenge Account (MCA) says it will hand over the Kaunda Square stabilisation ponds and part of the drainages in Mazyopa township
built at a cost of US$28 million in November this year.
MCA director for communications and outreach John Kunda said once completed, the sewerage ponds will service 156,000 instead of the initial 18,000 people.
Dr Kunda said this when Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection permanent secretary Edward Chomba inspected some construction works being done by MCA in Lusaka yesterday.
“The sewer ponds are part of the US$355 million MCA Lusaka water supply sanitation project being funded by the American government. The ponds and the drainages in Mazyopa built at a cost of US$28 million will be the first part of MCA to be handed over to Government,” he said.
Dr Kunda said the sewer ponds and drainages will improve access to water, sewerage and sanitation services for Lusaka residents.
He said the ponds will reduce outbreaks of waterborne diseases in various communities as the sewerage water will be treated and made safe for domestic use.
Dr Kunda said some townships which had erratic water supply for a long time will now receive it constantly. “This project has a lot of benefits because once completed, the number of hours people spend looking for water will reduce. They will be able to channel their energy on other productive activities,” he said.
And Bishop Chomba said he was impressed with the quality and pace at which MCA is implementing the project, saying that Zambia will receive value for its money.
He said his ministry remains committed to ensuring that every Zambian has access to clean water and sanitation.
Bishop Chomba urged the private sector to partner with Government in implementing similar projects in other parts of the country.
“We would like to implement similar projects in other parts of the country, especially rural areas. We are unable to do so currently due to resource constraints but we hope the private sector can come on board so we could work together,” he said.