Government has allocated K2.2 million for the construction of a water supply scheme in Kanchibiya Constituency.
This was revealed by its lawmaker, Sunday Chanda, through a statement issued in Lusaka on Sunday.
Chanda said this was in line with Sustainable Development Goal number six (SDG 6) on universal access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene.
The Kanchibiya Constituency Member of Parliament stated that this would included two water boreholes for Kate Island in Lulingila Ward of Kabinga Chiefdom.
He said government in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), had additionally released funds for the drilling and sinking of 30 boreholes in the Constituency at a total cost of US$195,250.73,
“The funds will be targeting five learning institutions and five health facilities while the other twenty will be for community boreholes across all the ten wards in Kanchibiya Constituency,” Chanda stated.
He pointed out that under CDF 2024, Kanchibiya Constituency would embark on upgrading the 30 boreholes into solar powered water schemes providing piped water covering a wider radius to surrounding communities.
Chanda stated that working with government and other partners, he was determined to ensure that by 2030, the Constituency would attain universal and equitable access to affordable safe drinking water, sanitation and proper hygiene.
“For Kanchibiya Constituency, poor access to clean and safe drinking water, and adequate sanitation and hygiene (WASH), is the main cause of diarrhoeal infections,” he said.
The Kanchibiya lawmaker stated that this was also strongly associated with other deadly or debilitating diseases, such as malaria, polio, guinea worm, schistosomiasis and trachoma.
Chanda thanked the government and cooperating partners for responding positively to his requests for improved access to clean and safe drinking water and sanitation for all in Kanchibiya.
“In line with our firm commitment to development over politics and an open door policy we espouse, Kanchibiya will continue to lobby the Government, cooperating partners and the private sector for various infrastructure development projects,” he said.
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