John Laing is located in the city centre of Lusaka, directly next to the WfW project area Misisi. John Laing is also located on solid stone, which makes the expansion of the pipeline network technically demanding.
The existing network includes 15 open and 34 closed kiosks and is connected to the main urban water supply. The current water infrastructure is overstrained with the increasing demand of individual households for safe and clean water. Several hundred cases of cholera were reported in the rainy season from December 2015 to March 2016 alone.
50% without safe access to drinking water
In cooperation with the local partner organisations WSUP and LWSC, the pipeline network has been extended by 10.5 km and 10 new kiosks have been built. These measures provide 15,000 people with access to clean water. In a next step, water pipes will be drawn directly to houses for the first time.
The water kiosks will be built by experts, including WfW vocational school students. The Kiosks will be connected to the municipal mains.
The pipe used for the expansion of the pipeline network is the PE100 - an extremely dense, fracture-resistant pipe that is particularly suitable for stony terrain. The pipes have a minimum service life of 50 years, which ensures a long-term water supply and minimises water loss.
1000 water connections are drawn directly to homes or front gardens of houses. This considerably reduces the time it takes to draw water and the risk of water being contaminated on the way home.
A revolving fund is set up to finance the household connections. WfW provides the initial capital for the construction of the first connections. The water is metered in order to charge each household for the corresponding use of water. This income is used to add to the fund so that other families can afford a household connection.
Door-to-door visits and project task teams involve local residents right from the start and make them aware of the hygienic use of water.
Lusaka Water & Sewerage Company
The water supply company reports to the Lusaka City Council and is responsible for supplying water to the capital. The peri-urban department of LWSC is responsible for the 35 poorest and least developed areas of the capital. This department is thus responsible for the planning, implementation, operation and maintenance of the supply system in WfW project areas.
Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)
WSUP is a British multi-sector partnership active in seven African countries. WSUP's aim is to work with urban water and sanitation companies 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 design and coordination of projects financed by WfW.
Financing the construction of 10.5 km of pipeline network and 10 water kiosks
The Revolving Fund enables 1000 household connections
Providing safe access to drinking water to 65,000 people