The government of Zambia has selected China Civil Engineering Construction for a ZMK750m ($150m) contract to develop the Kafue bulk water supply project and improve water supply to both residential and commercial areas in the capital city of Lusaka.
In line with the Kafue bulk water supply project, the contractor will build a new water supply line starting from the town of Kafue, located on the banks of river Kafue, to Lusaka, and expand the existing distribution system in and around the city to improve water supply services.
Local Government and Housing Permanent Secretary Bernard Namachila was quoted by the Times of Zambia as saying that the project will be implemented in two years.
"This programme will greatly complement the Lusaka water supply, sanitation and drainage programme funded by the American government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) at an estimated cost of K1.8tn," Namachila added.
The government also secured a concessional loan for the project from the Exim Bank of China to enhance the water supply capacity in addition to restoration and expansion of distribution system.
Zambia government has been mobilising local, national, and international funds to achieve the goal of providing access to clean and potable water by 2030.
Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company, the commercial water utility company providing water and sanitation services in the capital city, needs about ZMK3tn ($600m) over the next five years to improve water services, according to Namachila.
Image: Zambia is investing in water supply project to improve water services in the capital city of Lusaka. Photo: Pemanducomm.