A tender for the development of a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Water and Sanitation Project in Zambia has been floated.
The tender was advertised by the Research Triangle Institute International LLC (RTII). The latter is an independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to addressing the world’s most critical problems with science-based solutions.
The scope of the project includes the project’s design and construction as well as the rehabilitation of water and sanitation facilities over a five-year period.
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Interested consulting firms have until 23 May 2023 to submit their bids for participation. By July 2023, the company that wins the tender must be up and running. Moreover, the selected firm will oversee site selection until September 2023. From September 2023 to March 2024, the consultant will be liable for identifying, pre-qualifying, and procuring the project design.
The actual procurement phase will take place between March and May 2024, with construction work scheduled to begin in May 2024. The entire project is expected to be concluded by October 2026.
Targeted facilities and areas to benefit from the USAID Water and Sanitation Expansion Project in Zambia
The facilities will include reservoirs, distribution networks, and boreholes with human-powered pumps as well as filtration systems. The existing facilities will further be rehabilitated and connected to the new systems. Moreover, the project is tasked with building sewerage systems, and water closets in clinics, public spaces, and schools.
Firstly, the drinking water project will target peri-urban areas then proceed to rural growth centers, and finally rural areas. A total of 12 districts are set to benefit from the project which includes Nakonde, Mpika among others.
Rural areas across Muchinga, Northern, Western, and Southern provinces of Zambia will be the biggest beneficiaries of the drinking water project. The priority locations for site selection include Chinsali, Lunte, Mungwi, Kazungula, Kalomo, Nalolo, Kalabo, Mongu, Kaoma, and Sesheke.