The fast-growing compound Linda is located 30 minutes outside the city centre of Lusaka. The existing water supply system functioned autonomously via its own boreholes, tanks and pipelines. However, it could not cope with the increasing demand. Water was available only a few hours a day, with little to no pressure at all. Many residents had to walk long distances to obtain water or had to pay high prices to private sellers.
21 kiosks for 45'000 people
Together with partner organisations, WfW has taken different measures to enable access to clean water. The project report shows every measure and further information about the project in Linda.
BOREHOLES AND PIPELINES
Geophysical surveys at Linda have identified three locations for new drill holes. Until November 2015, holes were drilled at two of these locations. Long-lasting and stable PE 100 pipes were used for the pipelines.
A total of eight water kiosks were connected to the pipeline system. They were built on central intersections in order to reach as many people as possible and to keep distances that have to be travelled short.
WSUP and LWSC involved the population in the project from the beginning by means of a task team. During construction work, the LWSC drew attention to the kiosks with door-to-door visits and numerous meetings and made people aware of the importance of hygiene. In addition, the kiosks were painted by local artists to draw attention to appropriate hygiene standards.
TRAINING OF VENDORS
The LWSC led the training of the water kiosk sales staff in the operation and maintenance of the kiosk. This gives the sales staff the opportunity to boost their income.
Lusaka Water Supply & Sanitation Company (LWSC)
The water supply company LWSC 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 UK multi-sector partnership active in seven African countries. WSUP's aim is to work with urban water and sanitation providers to enable financially sustainable and affordable supply systems for poor urban areas. WfW works directly with WSUP Zambia. On the one hand, WSUP assumes the role of intermediary organisation between WfW and LWSC, and on the other hand, it monitors and controls the projects. In addition, WSUP is involved in the design and coordination of the projects financed by WfW.
2 boreholes, 4km of pipelines and 8 water kiosks financed
8,000 people have access to clean drinking water
12,000 people with improved access to drinking water
Linda continues to grow rapidly. In the years since the provisional completion of the project in 2015, the compound has grown from approximately 30,000 to over 50,000 people. The new neighbourhoods are not connected to the mains, which means that many people still have to travel long distances to reach water. In addition, the demand for water often exceeds the capacity of the pumps. Water is therefore still not always available.
The coordination of local water supply management with the municipal water supplier LWSC is inadequate. This leads to unnecessary additional expenditures and complicates administrative procedures, which among other things leads to delays in concrete measures being implemented. The introduction of a delegated management model is intended to strengthen networking and exchange between the umbrella organisation and the local water utilities by strengthening coordination and formalising procedures and areas of responsibility.
Street scene in Linda, Lusaka