11th September, 2019
THE US$ 449 MILLION KAFULAFUTA WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM PROJECT REACHES 55 PER CENT
The construction of the US$ 449 million Kafulafuta Water Supply System Project has reached 55 per cent.
His Excellency, Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, on Friday, 21st September, 2018, launched the project in Masaiti District, on the Copperbelt Province.
The project is aimed at improving water supply in Ndola, Luanshya, Mpongwe and Masaiti Districts, targeting 678, 800 beneficiaries.160, 000 cubic meters of water will be extracted from the 125 million cubic meter dam every day to supply the four towns.
Once complete, the project will:
- Increase water supply hours from an average of 18 hours to 24 hours per day;
- Reduce water loses from the current 64 per cent to 35 per cent through replacement of old infrastructure;
- Increase Kafubu Water Supply and Sanitation Company’s customer base from 504, 000 to 678, 800; and
- Improve the Utility’s revenue base.
Major works on the project involve the construction of a 125 million cubic meter Kafulafuta Multi – Purpose Dam and intake tower which have advanced at 65.5 per cent, while the transmission main from the intake to midway pump station has been completed.
Excavation of distribution network to the unserviced areas in Jacaranda and Mushili Townships in Ndola and North Township in Luanshya is underway, with 5 Kilometers dug and about 260 meters of pipes laid.
The Kafulafuta Water Supply System Project, which is being undertaken by China National Complete Engineering Corporation which has employed more than 1, 000 people is expected to be complete by April, 2022.
Public Relations Officer