The government has called for increased PPPs and investments in the water and sanitation sector to replace deteriorating infrastructure, which is one of the major obstacles to the provision of high-quality services.
Old infrastructure, particularly in rural regions, is to blame for inadequate water and sanitation service delivery, according to Water Development and Sanitation Permanent Secretary JOE KALUSA.
According to Mr. KALUSA, population growth has also led to an increase of impromptu settlements, which has put strain on the water and sanitation infrastructure that is already in place but is also not well maintained.
He was addressing at the first-ever Water Sanitation and Hygiene-WASH-private sector engagement, which was held in Lusaka and had as its goal the creation of a forum for open communication and information sharing between the general public and pertinent business sector partners.
GEORGE NDONGWE, Chief of Party for the USAID Expanding WASH Project, stated that the project’s goals are to enhance service delivery, investment, and accountability in the four provinces chosen.
In the Northern, Southern, Muchinga, and Western provinces, Mr. NDONGWE stated that the project aims to build collaborations with regional service providers.
The enlarged WASH project aims to deepen partnerships with the business sector and enhance collaborations, according to USAID Zambia Mission Director Peter Wibler.