SHIKANDA KAWANGA, Livingstone
THE German government has funded the drilling of 105 boreholes in Southern Province to improve access to clean water.
The funding is under the Capital Grant Scheme (CGS-KFW) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Confirming the development in a statement released recently, Southern Province permanent secretary Sibanze Simuchoba said an additional 207 boreholes were rehabilitated.
Mr Simuchoba said the boreholes have helped in ensuring people in the district, especially those in rural areas, have access to safe and clean drinking water.
“This goal seeks to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all,” he said.
Mr Simuchoba said most parts of Southern Province are rural where access to safe water is a challenge, adding that the boreholes have helped improve water availability.
He said clean water is a fundamental human need which must always be available to prevent waterborne diseases.
“Safe drinking water is fundamental to healthy lives and prosperous communities. In the absence of safe drinking water, people are prone to diseases that in some cases lead to death,” he said.
Mr Simuchoba said Government realised that people in the province do not have access to clean water, and that in many cases, they rely on water from polluted rivers, streams, and unsafe wells.