• Reference: P-ZM-E00-011
  • Approval date: 18/11/2016
  • Start date: 18/11/2017
  • Appraisal Date: 13/06/2016
  • Status: ApprovedAPVD
  • Location: Northern, Luapula, Western Muchinga


The project activities will include

(i) Preparation of feasibility studies and detailed design for the project

(ii) Water supply infrastructure development including new constructions of boreholes, water treatment plants, transmission, water distribution networks as well as rehabilitation of some existing water supply infrastructure. These schemes will help improve water supply in both quantity and quality and help reduce water borne diseases that include but are not limited to cholera, diarrhoea and trachoma,

(iii) Sewerage works including the construction of new sewerage facilities and rehabilitation of waste water and collection systems and treatment plants in the districts,

(iv) Sanitation and hygiene promotion in the small tonws by carrying out sanitation promotion, hygiene education and support for onsite household sanitation and provision of water and sanitation facilities for public institutions (schools, health centers) and community capacity building, and support related to solid waste management covered by the project. In addition there will be support for the peri-urban population to provide their own improved pit latrines. The public health campaign will include dissemination of information against spread of HIV/AIDS, and also provide support for the National Roll Back Malaria campaigns,

(v) Institutional Support consisting of (a) support for the strengthening of the water utility to operate and manage the services on a commercial basis (b) capacity building within the utility to ensure effective management and operation of the water supply and sewerage facilities; and (c) technical assistance to the utility, in form of short-term consultancies to develop operational routines for general utility management based on best practices,

(vi) Project Management support by providing logistical and operational support to the project implementation team within the utility. It will also includes provision for engineering services for the supervision of the works, and annual audit of the project


Zambia's recognition of the importance of the water and sanitation sector in its economic development and in the reduction of poverty is evidenced by the central role that water and sanitation is given in the Country's medium-term development plan, the Sixth National Development Plan (SNDP) (2010 - 2015) and the long-term plan, the National Vision 2030. Water supply and Sanitation is one of the seven (7) sectors targeted for "priority expenditure" in the SNDP, alongside agriculture, health, education, infrastructure (roads) and public order and safety. It also contributes to the achievement of MDG of halving the proportion of people without access to safe water and sanitation by 2015. 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 proposed project is part of the overall National Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (NUWSSP). The project objective is to improve the access, quality and sustainability of water supply and sanitation services in the two Provinces served by the Luapula Water and Sewerage Company and the Chambishi Water and Sewerage Company (CWSC) as well as ensure effective management and operation of the water supply and sewerage facilities on a commercial basis. The companies operate in small towns with water service coverage of only 63% in the proposed project area. The main outcomes of the project include increased reliability and coverage of the water supply and sanitation services, and improved management of the Utility. Increase the percentage of residents benefiting from adequate water supply services from 63% to 90% by 2021, increase the percentage of residents benefiting from improved sanitation facilities from 32% to 60% by 2021, Improved customer service through increased reliability and 24 hours availability of water supply by 2021, incidence of water borne diseases halved by 2021, revenue collection improved from 91% 100%by 2021; Unaccounted-for-water reduced from 44% to 30% by 2018, increased metered connections from 41% to 100% by 2021

Key contacts

CHINOKORO Herbert Mugwagwa - RDGS4


Finance source Amount
ADBUSD 77,348,039
ADFUSD 7,070,001
MICFUSD 1,200,000
GovernmentUSD 10,693,209
Co-financierUSD 10,652,728
DeltaUSD 283
TotalUSD 106,963,693