The construction of Chinsali Water project in Muchinga Province has been completed and expected is to be commissioned next month.
Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection, Raphael Nakacinda, says the project which is expected to benefit over 150, 000 residents, is also expected to create jobs for locals.
Mr. Nakacinda said this today in Chinsali after inspecting the water project that access to clean and safe drinking water will significantly contribute to reducing diarrheal diseases.
“The completion of the water project is clear proof of President Edgar Lungu’s aspirations to ensure that people have access to clean and safe drinking water,” Mr. Nakacinda said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Nakacinda announced that plans to establish a water utility company in Muchinga Province have reached an advanced stage.
Currently, the province is serviced by Chambeshi Water Supply and Sanitation Company, which is also running Northern Province.
Mr. Nakacinda notes that there is need to establish a utility company for Muchinga Province to ensure effective and efficient service delivery of water and sanitation services to the people.
The Minister further urged the utility company to safeguard water infrastructure because provision of water supply is a costly undertaking.
Mr. Nakacinda says utility companies should also come up with rehabilitation programs of water infrastructure especially boreholes because repairing is equally a huge cost.
And Chief Nkula of the Bemba speaking people of Chinsali has commended President Edgar Lungu’s development agenda.
Chief Nkula cited the huge investment into the provision of safe and clean water.
The traditional leader said this when Mr. Nakacinda paid a courtesy call on at his palace before inspecting water infrastructure projects.
Chief Nkula adds that it is was gratifying to see the commitment President Lungu has attached to uplifting people’s living standards.
Meanwhile, Muchinga Province Minister Malozo Sichone says it is only the Patriotic Front that has provided Chinsali residents with clean tap water when it came into power in 2011.