By Justin Nbovu, Communications Officer, Zambia
In its continued effort to supplement the government’s efforts in the provision of clean water to vulnerable communities, Chambeshi Water and Sanitation Company, in partnership with World Vision in Zambia has commissioned a piped water system valued at over USD 1 million in Kasama District of Northern Province.
Speaking on behalf of World Vision Zambia National Director John Hasse during the event held on World Water Day, World Vision Zambia Associate Director for Operations, Kenny Sondoyi said water is an essential building block of life that allows children and their communities to survive and flourish.
“WVZ Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) work is the foundation for all areas of intervention in Zambia. The water system commissioned today will benefit and improve the livelihoods of about 2000 households in Mbala and Kasama districts,” says Mr Hasse. “The organisation reached 213,274 people in communities with clean and safe drinking water and 307,653 people had access to sanitation facilities, including 40 health centres and 54 schools, which led to a reduction in diarrhoeal diseases in 2021.”
Speaking at the same function, Chambeshi Water & Sanitation Company managing director, Eng. Lackson Simumba has reiterated his company’s commitment towards partnerships which will foster his company’s mandate of providing safe water to both rural and urban communities.
“Chambeshi Water & Sanitation Company remains resolute and committed to sanitation coverage and prove clean and safe running water as stated in the vision 2030,” says Eng. Simumba. “We intend to achieve this through resource mobilisation and partnerships with the government, local authorities, and other cooperating partners such as African Development Bank, and World Vision which are currently financing some of the facilities,” he adds.
Meanwhile, Northern Province Permanent Secretary Bernard Mpundu bemoaned the increasing levels of pollution both on the surface and underground water.
“Pollution poses serious health risks on the population and limits the availability of water for productive use. As climate change gets worse, Groundwater will become more and more critical. We need to work together to sustainably manage this precious resource and ensure that we protect it for the future generation,” Says PS. Bernard Mpundu.
And His Royal Highness Senior Chief Mwamba of the Bemba-speaking people has called on communities in his Chiefdom to protect and use the water points with care.