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COMMERCIAL UTILITIES CHALLENGED TO RESTRUCTURE BUSINESS MODELS

Press release
Lusaka, 21st December, 2020 – Government has challenged Commercial Water Utility Companies to restructure their business models for them to keep afloat and and enhance service delivery.
Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Minister Jonas Chanda says utility companies need to improve the provision of clean and safe water in order for the country to meet its national and international commitment.
Dr. Chanda said this in Lusaka, Friday evening at the joint launch of Strategic Plans for Chambeshi and Lukanga Water Supply and Sanitation Companies.
Dr. Chanda says the launch of the two Strategic Plans has coincided with the launch of the Economic Recovery Programme by President Edgar Lungu, aimed at restoring growth and safeguarding livelihoods through macro economic stability, economic diversification and debt sustainability.
Dr. Chanda has urged commercial utility companies to align their business models to the Programme in order to contribute in safeguarding livelihoods of the people through sustainable sustainable provision of Water and sanitation services.
And Dr. Chanda says the two Strategic Plans will enable the utilities to undertake interventions that will ensure water and sanitation for all remains a reality.
He says the Strategic Plans are responding to the Vision 2030 and embracing the aspirations of the Seventh National Development Plan.
The Minister has since challenged utility companies to diversify investments into other business ventures as well as address escalating levels of Non Revenue Water.
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Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Public Relations Unit

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