The Millennium Challenge Account Zambia Limited (MCA-Zambia) has awarded two contracts to Elevolution of Portugal worth US$52 million for water supply and sanitation in Mtendere and Kamanga, and reduction of physical water losses in the city of Lusaka.
MCA-Zambia board chairperson and Zambia’s Secretary to the Treasury Mr Fredson Yamba said the investment would enable residents of Mtendere, who have been walking long distances in search of water, to spend their time on more productive ventures that would economically empower them.
He said over 1.2 million people in Lusaka were expected to directly benefit from the project.
The two contracts were part of the US$355 million Lusaka Water Supply, Sanitation and Drainage (LWSSD) project funded by the US Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a five-year project with the Government of Zambia.
The compact project was investing in water supply, sanitation and drainage infrastructure with the goal of decreasing the incidence and prevalence of water-related diseases, and aiming at reducing poverty and promoting economic growth. And US Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz recognized LWSC’s role in implementing LWSSD project activities, adding that the signing represented a major step toward realizing the physical results of the U.S. Government’s commitment to working in partnership with the Zambian people.
Mr Schultz said the project would ensure that water and sanitation needs were met for the citizens of Zambia’s rapid growing capital city.
Under the first contract, about US$22.4 million would be spent for works that would see Elevolution laying about 82 kilometers of sewer network in Mtendere and 60.2km of water supply lines, while another 14.4km of water supply lines will be laid in Kamanga. The construction works would also include the upgrading of five sewer interceptors at Salama Park, the Chelstone sewer pump station rehabilitation.
While the second contract of US$29.9 million, will work on approximately 207km of Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company water supply infrastructure, to replace worn out portions of the distribution network, and covering 14 districts metering areas.