THE construction of the US$449 million Kafulafuta Water Supply System Project has reached 55 per cent.
Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection public relations officer Amos Zulu said the project is aimed at improving water supply in Ndola, Luanshya, Mpongwe and Masaiti districts, targeting 678,800 beneficiaries.
President Edgar Lungu launched the project in Masaiti district on September 21, 2018.
Zulu said 160,000 cubic meters of water will be extracted from the 125 million cubic meter dam every day to supply the four towns.
He said once complete, the project would increase water supply hours from an average of 18 hours to 24 hours per day.
Zulu said the project would reduce water loses from the current 64 per cent to 35 per cent through replacement of old infrastructure.
The facility is expected to increase Kafubu Water Supply and Sanitation Company’s customer base from 504,000 to 678,800; and improve the utility’s revenue base.
He said major works on the project involved the construction of a 125 million cubic meter Kafulafuta Multipurpose Dam and intake tower which have advanced at 65.5 per cent, while the transmission main from the intake to midway pump station has been completed.
Zulu said excavation of distribution network to the unserviced areas in Jacaranda and Mushili townships in Ndola and North township in Luanshya was underway, with five kilometres dug and about 260 metres of pipes laid.
He said the Kafulafuta Water Supply System Project, which is being undertaken by China National Complete Engineering Corporation, which has employed more than 1,000 people, was expected to be complete by April 2022.