Central Province Minister, Credo Nanjuwa, has disclosed that government has spent over K16 Million to improve the water reticulation system in the region.
Mr Nanjuwa said part of the funds that were released through the provincial administration was used to rehabilitate two dams that were washed away by heavy rainfall in 2020.
The Minister, who was speaking during a media breakfast in Kabwe, also disclosed that seven industrial boreholes have been sunk to make water readily available and adequate.
“As you may be aware in 2020 Mumbwa district had a problem where two dams including one that supply water to the Central Business District (CDB) were washed away. The government through the provincial administration has spent over K16-Million on rehabilitation of the two dams and sinking of seven industrial boreholes,” Mr Nanjuwa said.
He said the Provincial Administration and Lukanga water and Sanitation Company (LWSC) are working round the clock to ensure all the districts have a reliable and functional water reticulation system.
Mr Nanjuwa expressed optimism that the water challenges that have been a thorny issue among the people of Mumbwa will soon be a thing of the past.
And speaking at the same event, Provincial Permanent Secretary, Milner Mwanakampwe, announced that government sourced funds from the African Development Bank (ADB).
Mr Mwanakampwe said currently the LWSC and ADB teams are making assessments to establish the cost for the overhaul.
“The first thing is, ADB are this week moving on site in Central Province together with Lukanga Water to make assessment before they arrive at how much they will give the utility company. Before we talk of how much, we should look at the intention,” Mr Mwanakampwe said.
He disclosed that the government has also allocated funds for dam constructions in Shibuyunji and Serenje Districts respectively as well as the rehabilitation of Mushimbili dam in Kapiri Mposhi district.