GOVERNMENT has approved funding of the US$200 million phase two of water supply and sanitation project for Kalulushi, Kitwe and Chambishi by Nkana Water and Sewerage Company NWSC) .
NWSC board vice chairperson Julia Chaila said the board was pleased that Government had approved the funding of the project.
Ms Chaila said the project would address the increasing demand for water owing to the growing population as well as overhauling of the old water or sewer networks in the affected towns.
She said this in Kitwe yesterday during the Nkana Water and Sewerage Company 2016-2020 strategic plan launch attended by various stakeholders.
She said the project would be undertaken within four years starting this year and that engineers should be on the ground and supervise the works soon so that the money was not wasted.
The water service industry had its challenges but it was the duty of Nkana water management to quickly find solutions to the challenges the water utility company faced.
Ms Chaila urged NWSC to improve the current non-revenue water issue which stood at 59 percent because the company could not afford to have more than half of its pumped water wasted.
“Nkana Water like other water utility firms is faced with many challenges and one of them was that of electricity; therefore the company needs more power to pump water despite the country facing energy crisis,” said Ms Chaila.
And NWSC managing director Diana Makwaba said the main aim of the strategic plan was to assist the company as it strived to meet the needs of its customers.
Ms Makwaba said the company had come with innovative marketing strategies aimed at improving the services for the benefit of the customers.
She said over the years Nkana Water had made strides in improving service delivery of increased water and sewer connections and other services in Kitwe, Kalulushi and Chambishi.