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African Water Facility Approves €830,000 for Feasibility Study and Design for Lusaka City Water Supply Improvement Project

22 December 2023
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The African Water Facility has approved a €830,000 grant for feasibility study and detailed design of the Lusaka City Water Supply Improvement Project in Zambia. The project aims to increase access to safe, sustainable, and inclusive water supply and infrastructure in urban areas. It will also create opportunities for increased investment in the country’s water sector.

The feasibility study and design will aid the preparation of an investment blueprint to address the water demands in Lusaka and tackle the old and deteriorating water infrastructure. It will support the preparation of downstream financing for the project which is expected to benefit over 4 million people including the urban poor who constitute about 60% of the urban population.

Commenting on the approval, Mtchera Chirwa, African Water Facility’s coordinator said, “This grant will assist the Government of Zambia to prepare a bankable investment project to develop resilient water infrastructure and improve the efficiency of service delivery. It will further address Green House Gas emissions in the development of water infrastructure, contributing to climate change mitigation.”

The project supports the Government of Zambia’s goal to increase access to sustainable water supply and sanitation services and improve the livelihoods and health of the urban population in Zambia, under its Urban and Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Program (NUWSSP 2011 – 2030). It is also informed by the 2011 Lusaka Water Masterplan and aligns with three of the African Water Facility’s strategic pillars – project preparation, investment promotion, and water governance.

The project is co-financed by the Middle-Income Technical Assistance Fund (€432,946.50) and the Lusaka Water Supply and Sanitation Company (€ 247,418). It is expected to commence in January 2024 and be implemented over a duration of 18 months.