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State to increase access to clean water by 2016

MINISTER of Mines, Energy and Water development Christopher Yaluma with his Permanent Secretary Charity Mwansa(left) at the Zambia Water Forum and Exhibition at Mulungushi International Conference Centre recently. Picture:COLLINS PHIRI.

HENRY SINYANGWE, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT is determined to increase access to clean water supply from the current 65 percent to 80 percent in rural areas and from 84 to 88 percent in urban areas by 2016, Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Christopher Yaluma has said.
Speaking when he officially opened the 2014 Zambia Water Forum and Exhibition in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Yaluma said Government will increase access to sanitation from the current 48 percent to 53 percent in rural areas and from 65 to 75 percent in urban areas.
“I am very confident that these targets will be achieved once programmes that are under implementation are completed. I wish to acknowledge the efforts being rendered by various co-operating partners in the water supply and sanitation sub-sector and water resources development and management sub-sectors,” he said.
Mr Yaluma said water sector reforms were embarked on in 1994 in order to address poor service delivery and low service coverage.
He said the revised 2010 National Water Policy embraced modern principles of water resources management and endeavours to deal with daunting challenges of poverty reduction.
“The 2011 Act provides for integrated water resources management at catchment, regional and national levels, with stakeholder management high on the agenda,” Mr Yaluma said.
He said Government places a high priority on infrastructure development to enhance and improve service delivery in the water supply and sanitation sub-sector and the water resources management sub-sectors.

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