The Kafubu Water and Sewerage Company Limited director of engineering Benard Phiri has said the construction of the 120 million cubic meters dam which will improve the supply of water in Kafulafuta area of masaiti district on the Copperbelt is underway.
The objective for the Kafulafuta water supply project been constructed by China Complete Engineering Cooperation at a total cost of US$450 million is to reduce non revenue water from the current 50 percent to less than 20 percent upon completion of the project.Non-revenue water is water pumped but not billed due to leakages and transmission losses.
He said 268 houses have so far been constructed and 30 affected families have since been relocated and K15 million has been put aside for resettlement compensation. The equipment like pipes for the project have started coming from China, and they will be installed from Masaiti to Ndola covering a distance of about 45 kilometers.
He told the Zambian Business Times – ZBT at Ndola during this year’s international trade fair been held under the theme ‘private sector key to industrialization’.”We are also going to put up an overhead reservoir tank at Kafulafuta which will be pumping from the dam to enable good flowing of water,”he said.
Phiri further stated that it has also come to the attention of the water utility that a number of pipes have been vandalized more especially the valves which are leading to leakages. He warned the members of the community to stop indulging in illegal connections of sewer system has it one of the major contributing factors of water and environmental pollutions. He said that the utility has so far spent a total of K100,000 on repairing of leaking pipes in both Luanshya, Masaiti and Ndola.
Non-revenue water and competitive water tariffs has been one of the biggest challenges facing the water and sewerage utilities in Zambia to improve their profitability and revenue generation power. The other challenges is social and political consideration as cutting supply to high density residential areas becomes a health and political matter.
The utility regulator, National Water Supply and Sanitation Council – NWASCO reported in April 2018 that eight (8) Commercial Utilities (CUs) met the acceptable benchmark of 80% for water coverage except Lukanga Water and Sewerage Company, Western Water and Sewerage Company and Luapula Water and Sewerage Company. The regulator has however struggled to make the sector efficient mostly due to the monopoly nature of the industry.