Kasama, December 5, 2019, ZANIS---Chambeshi Water and Sanitation Company says it is failing to meet the annual water demand of 29 million cubic meters in Northern and Muchinga Provinces.

Company Managing Director, Luckson Simumba, said the company, which supplies water in the two provinces, is unable to meet the demand due to population growth and inadequate water infrastructures.

Mr Simumba told ZANIS in an interview that the water utility company is only supplying about 11 million cubic meters of water every year to Muchinga and Northern Provinces.

He however, disclosed that the company with support from government through the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) will soon commence the construction of water infrastructures in Mbala and Kasama districts in an effort to mitigate the challenges.

Mr Simumba explained that evaluation of the projects has already been completed and is only waiting the signing of the contractual agreement with the contractor.

He disclosed that the project will include the construction of both underground and elevated tanks, which will see the installation of new smart meters.

He adds that the project will also see the construction of raw water pump stations among other works.

The project will also focus on the extension of piped water networks to newly developed areas in Kasama district.

Meanwhile, Mr Simumba said the company is expected to introduce a scada system to help reduce the costs incurred through non-revenue water.

He said the system will be able to monitor pipe leakages on all its piped networks in the two provinces.

Mr Simumba noted that the water utility company has been losing money due to the non-revenue water.

He is optimistic that once installed, the new system will improve efficiency in the company.