Zambia receives US $ 160 million for Lusaka sanitation program
Zambia has received US $ 160 million for the Lusaka Sanitation Program (LSP). Lusaka Water and Sanitation Company Managing Director Jonathan Kampata announced the report and said the boost from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and German development bank KfW will facilitate the project.
The implementation of the Lusaka sanitation program is a key component of the Zambian government’s Vision 2030 and national development that will improve public health and social inclusion of vulnerable communities and address the challenges faced by women and children. children.
The program aims to stem the sanitation crisis which costs Zambia 1.3% of GDP per year. The disbursement of the financing will support the expansion of wastewater treatment at two new plants in Chunga and Ngwerere and the construction of 520 km of sewerage pipelines. The scale of the project implemented by the Lusaka Water Supply and Sanitation Company required intensive technical preparations to maximize the impact of the project.
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Reduce the prevalence of water-borne diseases
When completed, it is expected to transform public health in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, by improving access to sanitation for 525,000 families. The project will further reduce the prevalence of water-borne diseases and pollution in local rivers.
“The close cooperation with Zambian and international partners, including the long-term financing and technical expertise provided by the EIB and KfW in recent years, is now realizing and contributing to the country’s vision,” said the Director. General Jonathan Kampata.
“This is a key stage of the project which allows the first financing to be provided by the EIB and KfW for the rehabilitation of two wastewater treatment plants in the city and to complement other parts of the city-wide program already underway. Accelerating investments in high-impact sanitation is crucial to strengthen the resilience of public health to Covid-19 and ensure sustainable urban development, ”added Thomas Ostros, EIB Vice-President.