Lusaka, Zambia—Today, February 17, 2016, the Millennium Challenge Account Zambia Limited (MCA-Zambia) has awarded two contracts to Elevolution of Portugal worth US$52 million for water supply and sanitation in Mtendere, water supply in Kamanga, and reduction of physical water losses in the city of Lusaka. The two contracts are part of the US$355 million Lusaka Water Supply, Sanitation and Drainage (LWSSD) Project funded by the United States Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) through a five year Compact with the Government of the Republic of Zambia.
Under the first contract, Elevolution will lay about 82 kilometers of sewer network in Mtendere and 60.2km of water supply lines. Another 14.4km of water supply lines will be laid in Kamanga. The construction works will also include the upgrading of five sewer interceptors at Salama Park. The Chelstone sewer pump station will also be rehabilitated. All these works will be carried out at a cost of about US$22.4 million. Once completed, over 155,000 residents in Mtendere and Kamanga will directly benefit from the investments. The interventions in Mtendere will provide sewer connections to 9,400 households, and water connections to 6,400 households in Mtendere/Mtendere East. In Kamanga, over 1,000 households will be connected to the water supply network.
Under the second contract, Elevolution will work on approximately 207km of Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) water supply infrastructure, to replace worn out portions of the distribution network. Fourteen District Metering Areas will be covered at a cost of US$29.9 million, at the end of which physical losses incurred by LWSC through leakages in the network and other losses will be reduced from the current 48% to 25%. This intervention will result in over 860,000 people in select areas of Lusaka benefitting from the intervention, through improved water supply, quality of water, hours of supply, and greater water pressure.
MCA-Zambia Board Chairperson and Zambia’s Secretary to the Treasury Mr. Fredson Yamba said, “This investment will enable residents of Mtendere, who have been walking long distances in search of water, to spend their time on more productive ventures that will economically empower them, as the water will have been brought closer to their homes.”
U.S. Ambassador Eric Schultz recognized LWSC’s role in implementing LWSSD Project activities and said, “This signing represents a major step toward realizing the physical results of the U.S. Government’s commitment to working in partnership with the Zambian people to ensure that water and sanitation needs are met for the citizens of Zambia’s rapidly growing capital city.” The Ambassador also acknowledged the transparent procurement process implemented by MCA-Zambia and the responsibilities of the Contractor to complete all works on time and on budget.
The Compact is investing in water supply, sanitation, and drainage infrastructure with the goal of decreasing the incidence and prevalence of water-related diseases, productive days lost due to disease and time to collect water, cost of water and new sanitation, and business and residential flood losses. Overall, the sub-projects are aimed at reducing poverty and promoting economic growth. Over 1.2 million people in Lusaka are expected to directly benefit from the project.