ZAMBIA: 4 new water mains to serve 8,000 people in Mpongwe

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ZAMBIA: 4 new water mains to serve 8,000 people in Mpongwe©Watcharapol Amprasert/Shutterstock

The Kafubu Water and Sanitation Company (KWSC) is launching the construction of four new water supply systems in the Mpongwe district of Zambia's Copperbelt province. The facilities will improve the drinking water supply for 8,000 people.

Mpongwe’s drinking water supply is expected to be improved by June 2023. The district, located in the Copperbelt Province, is the focus of a water project recently launched by the Kafubu Water and Sanitation Company (KWSC), which involves the construction of four drinking water supply systems (WSS).

Each WSP will consist of a borehole over 120m deep. The water pumped from the groundwater will be stored in four tanks 20 m apart. Each tank will have a capacity of 20,000 m3. The drinking water will be distributed to the people of Mpongwe via an 18 km long network. This will meet the drinking water needs of 800 Zambian households, or some 8,000 people.

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The Mpongwe Water Supply Project will require an investment of US$3 million, equivalent to approximately 55.3 million Zambian kwachas, funded by the state-owned KWSC. Zambia is committed to improving the provision of safe drinking water to its people, in line with the African Water Vision and Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) which calls for universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation by 2030.

The East African country is banking on the “Zambia Water Sector Investment Programme” launched in July 2022. The initiative aims to mobilise $5.75 billion for the construction of new drinking water supply facilities in several provinces.

Inès Magoum


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