LACK of water and decent toilets will soon be a thing of the past for Mtendere residents in the capital city as the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) is geared to install a new water and sewer network in the area.
Mtendere residents have for years had challenges of water which prompted many of them to resort to drilling shallow wells and pit latrines.
According to LWSC public relations manager Topsy Sikalinda, the long-awaited project was expected to commence this month.
Mr. Sikalinda confirmed this development in an interview with the Daily Nation yesterday.
He disclosed that the contractor, Elevolution, has been appointed and was currently mobilizing on site. He said the contract was worth about US$20 million and would take 24 months to complete.
“It’s a two-year project and will begin within the month of April; meaning by December 2017 all works must be completed. These are actual construction works which will see LWSC put up about 60 km of water and 82 km of sewer lines,” he said. Mr. Sikalinda said the project was meant to improve water supply and sanitation in the area. The project would migrate residents of Mtendere from using pit latrines to using flushable toilets as over 6,500 houses would be connected to both water and sewer pipes. “The old pipes will all be replaced by a new system that will improve water supply and sanitation services in the area,” Mr. Sikalinda said.
The water utility would relocate and compensate households that would be affected by the massive water and sewer network.
“Right now we are just doing final touches in terms of relocating and compensating all those that are likely to be affected by the project, but for the project it on this month,” he said.