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EIB signs 102.5 million euros loan for water infrastructure in Zambia

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The Lusaka Sanitation Programme is part of the urgently needed reinforcement and expansion of the wastewater infrastructure in Zambia's fast growing capital Lusaka.

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While water supply has improved significantly in recent years, a lot remains to be done in terms of sanitation.

The project is one of the few internationally funded activities in Zambia that address this problem. The infrastructure investments identified are in line with the Lusaka Sanitation Master Plan.

The project is expected to greatly contribute to economic and social development, due to the spill overs of sanitation infrastructure on health, environment, human development and virtually all other sectors of the Zambian economy.

The conservation of the environment and the reduction of health risks related to water-borne diseases are likely to improve the quality of life for the population, especially in low-income and vulnerable areas.

The EIB has been involved from the beginning through technical assistance (through the EIB-EU ACP Water Project Preparation Facility), also allowing LWSC to attract grant and loan financing from other Cooperating Partners (including WB, AfDB, and KfW).

In addition, a EUR 4.5 million grant, mobilised by the EIB to strengthen the project implementation capabilities of the promoter, will also be provided through EU funds.

The project will support the development of two new wastewater treatment plants and the associated main collector sewers and sewage pumping stations in Lusaka.

Apart from this, it will also help with the expansion of the sewerage system (up to 520km), rehabilitation and upgrade of the associated wastewater treatment ponds and construction of on-site sanitation facilities across the city.

The project will more than double the existing sewerage network in the Zambian capital, potentially benefitting up to 525.000 people, many of which would receive first time access to reliable sanitation services.

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