International institutions, in cooperation with the municipal water supplier LWSC and local organisations, had already set up a system of water kiosks in Kanyama. Household connections were scarce, which is why thousands of people continued to rely on these water points. Moreover, the existing infrastructure could only begin to cushion the rapid population growth.
400'000 residents, rising trend
Together with local partner organisations and local residents, central locations were identified where the construction of a water kiosk would make sense. The local water supplier LWSC then set up the five kiosks and connected them to the existing tap water system. One person is employed at each water kiosk to supervise the kiosk.
WfW water kiosk in Kanyama, Lusaka
A saleswoman working in a WfW water kiosk in Kanyama, Lusaka
Lusaka Water Supply & Sanitation Company (LWSC)
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 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.
The construction of five water kiosks financed
Water access made available to 4,000 people
Successful pilot project facilitates further projects in Lusaka
The WfW project, other projects by other organisations and investments by the Zambian government have contributed to a significant improvement in water and wastewater management. Fortunately, more and more people can afford direct house connections. However, many areas are still being built informally, which poses further challenges as the population increases. Among other things, cholera outbreaks continue during the annual rainy season. Infrastructure and awareness raising measures will continue to be necessary in the future in order to continuously improve the drinking water and sewage supply for residents.
Street scene in Kanyama, Lusaka