MELODY MUPETA, Mpika
GOVERNMENT has started installing new water pipes in Mpika district in Muchinga province at a cost of US$12,000 to improve the water reticulation system in the district.
Majority of the people in Mpika have no access to piped water and rely on shallow wells to draw water for home use.
Mpika district commissioner Moses Katebe said in an interview yesterday that works on the project have started and are progressing well.
Mr Katebe said the water project once completed, will help to improve the supply of clean water to the residents of Mpika.
He said the district early this year recorded an outbreak of typhoid due to lack of access to clean water in some areas.
“I am happy to see that the works on the water reticulation system are going on very well. Once this project is complete, we are going to see an improvement in the supply of clean water to our district,” Mr Katebe said.
He said the works started last year and are expected to be completed in next month.
Mr Katebe said the contractor is installing pipes in various areas to connect households to the water reticulation system.
He said the residents of Mpika are happy with the project and have pledged their continued unwavering support to the government in its endeavours to improve their lives.