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Tunis, 27 November, 2008 - The African Development Fund (ADB Group) Board of Directors has approved a UA 35 million loan, equivalent to US$ 52 million, to Zambia to finance the Nkana Water Supply and Sanitation Project.
The Government of the Republic of Zambia has embarked on the preparation of a National Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Program (NUWSSP), which will form the basis of a unified approach for the development of water supply and sanitation services in all the Country’s urban areas. This program, currently under preparation, caters for the immediate, medium and long terms needs (up to 2030) of these services.
The Nkana Water Supply and Sanitation Project is one of the several ongoing developments included in the national Program. The project covers the entire area of operation of Nkana Water and Sewerage Company (NWSC), comprising the City of Kitwe, and the towns of Kalulushi and Chambishi, all within a distance of 30 km of each other. The project shall benefit the people living within these three urban centres currently estimated as 474,000. Approximately 65% of these are the urban poor mostly living in the peri-urban areas, which are generally poorly serviced.
The main outputs of the project include rehabilitated and extended water supply and sanitation systems in the three urban areas, in particular urban poor shall benefit from the improved services. There will also be increased awareness of proper sanitation and hygiene, as well as improved management of the services through strengthened institution.
On the whole the project will promote improved health and standard of living of the beneficiaries, as well as economic development of the areas where mining is a major activity. Most of the population in the project area shall participate and benefit in the campaign for improved sanitation and hygiene education, while consumer watch groups will be strengthened.
The Project falls within the Bank Group Vision, Integrated Water Resources Management Policy and strategic plan for water and sanitation, the Millennium Development Goals, and the targets set at the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
The Nkana Project is scheduled for completion by end of 2012, at an estimated cost of US$ 57.8 million (UA 38.82 million).
* UA = US$ 1.4883 as in November 2008.