8,000 people live in the Burton district. Population growth in recent years is estimated at around 3%. The initial situation in this project area is different from previous WfW projects in Lusaka. The project aims to counteract the development seen in the uncontrolled population growth in the informal quarters of Lusaka.
Three quarters of the population have a connection to the water supply network. However, the water infrastructure is generally outdated, which makes it considerably more difficult to supply the population. Only a small part of the population has access to clean drinking water 24 hours a day.
In principle, however, Burton has sufficient surface water from the Zambezi River to supply the entire population with water. However, a considerable proportion is lost through holes in the pipes, so-called non-revenue water.
75% of the population with access to water infrastructure, but only a few with access 24 hours a day
approximately 50% non-revenue water
Together with the local partner organisations WSUP and SWSC, we have set ourselves the goal of improving the drinking water supply in the Burton district.
Agnes M., lives with her family in a house in Burton and appreciates the household connection. | Lazarious Bwembya, WfW 2022
Alex Chitambala, a plumber with Southern Water & Sewerage (SWSC) Company, checks a household connection in Burton. He has been working for SWSC for seven years. | Lazarious Bwembya, WfW 2022
Ruth Munsaka drinks tap water in front of her house, which she shares with her mother and three other families. | Lazarious Bwembya, WfW 2022
Southern Water & Sewerage CompanyOur partner SWSC is a high-performance water supplier with trustworthy management in the local context. The national regulatory authority NWASCO awards annual prizes and has awarded SWSC also in 2017 as the best supplier in the country.
SWSC reports to Livingstone City Council and is responsible for supplying the entire city.
Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)
WSUP is a British multi-sector partnership active in seven African countries. The aim of WSUP is to work with urban water and sanitation providers to provide financially sustainable and affordable supply systems for poor urban areas. WfW works directly with WSUP Zambia. WSUP assumes the role of intermediary organisation between WfW and LWSC on the one hand, and the monitoring and controlling of the projects on the other. In addition, WSUP is involved in the conception and coordination of projects financed by WfW.
over 7 km of pipeline network and around 500 household connections
supply of clean water for more than 8,000 people
for the first time all residents in Burton have running water 24 hours a day
Non-Revenue Water (NRW)
Lost water, so-called non-revenue water, is an institutional challenge. Responsibilities are currently divided among many different roles, and there is a lack of monitoring of the sources of NRW. This makes effective management difficult. In addition, there is no municipal department, so the collection rates in these areas have been very low. With the targeted support of the local water supplier SWSC, we want to reduce NRW from 41% to a maximum of 25%. These and other measures are intended to improve the water supply and quality of life in the poorest Livingstone districts in the long term. The reduction of NRW is an important step towards the sustainable management of water resources.