The Lusaka Water Supply and Sanitation Company (LWSC) in Zambia has commissioned an industrial borehole in George, Lusaka. The project financed by Zambian Breweries (ZB), under a Public Private Partnership (PPP), will provide drinking water to around 40,000 households and industries in the George complex.
The new drinking water supply facility has a capacity of 20 litres per second. The water pumped from the water table will be supplied to the population via 3.4km of pipes.
The industrial borehole project
The new industrial borehole is expected to serve a total of 40,000 households and businesses mainly in George, Chunga, Matero and the surrounding areas. The US $150,000 project was funded by Zambian Breweries (ZB). The subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), which specialises in bottling soft drinks, made the funds available through a PPP (Public Private Partnership) with the LWSC.
The project is part of Zambian Breweries’ strategy to combat cholera and the Covid-19 pandemic in the East African country. “Our goal is to see communities in low-income Zambian areas like George have better access to safe, quality water by 2025. We have already completed several community water projects in Zambia, including Itawa, Bauleni, etc. We have already completed several community water projects in Zambia, including Itawa, Bauleni, etc.,” said Ezekiel Sekele, Zambian Breweries’ Corporate Affairs Manager.
In Lusaka province, the level of the Chongwe Dam has dropped drastically, causing a shortage of water for the region’s water treatment plant. The current situation is caused by the drought that has hit Zambia for the past five years.