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Zambia, Malawi launches water sanitation project

DARLINGTON MWENDABAI, Mwami Border
THE Zambian government and its Malawian counterpart have launched a US$1.6 million (K16 million) water and sanitation project expected to improve the health of public travellers and communities surrounding the border towns in the two nations.
Eastern Water and Sewerage Company (EWSC) and Central Regional Water Board and the British government are implementing the project through the Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF).
Eastern Province Minister Makebi Zulu said in a speech read for him by provincial permanent secretary Patrick Mwanawasa that the project would benefit over 6,000 public travellers and 1,500 families in Mwami, Mchinji and Chanida border towns.
The four-month project was lunched at Mwami border in Chipata recently.
“The project involves the construction of a water supply system and an ablution block in Mwami and Mchinji while Chanida will have its ablution block rehabilitated,” Mr Zulu said.
He said the water reticulation for the three border areas would promote good health and bring dignity to the travelling public and local residents.
Mr Zulu said the current situation in the three border areas was not safe citing the truck drivers whose vehicles were always marooned for days but did not have access to facilities offering safe water and good sanitation services.
He said the launch of the water and sanitation project was timely because it would reduce cases of water-borne diseases in the affected areas.
Mr Zulu commended the two water companies for the project and traditional leaders, both in Zambia and Malawi, for allowing the facility to be put in their areas.
Malawi Secretary for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Erica Maganga said the project was the first bilateral venture between Zambia and Malawi in the water and sanitation sector.
Ms Maganga said the three border towns had lacked safe drinking water and sanitation for a long time.
She warned against vandalism once the project was completed and thanked all the partners for their support rendered.

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