EWSC Acting Managing Director Assures the Public on the Quality of Water Supplied By Eastern Water and Sanitation Company Limited

Chipata City, 11th January 2019-Eastern Water and Sanitation Company Limited would like to assure members of the public that the company is committed to supply clean and safe water to all areas under its mandate.

The company adheres to high standards of water quality as provided for by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) drinking water standards.

This means that the company takes water quality standards seriously and has since hightened its surveillance activities to monitor its network for possible contamination during this rain season.

"During this rain season, we have increased our surveillance of the water and sanitation networks so that no point of contamination goes unnoticed. We would also like to appeal to our customers to quickly alert us if they see anything that might affect the quality of water that we supply," said the acting managing Director Eng. Aaron Mulinda.

The rain season is a difficult season to EWSC as it comes with its numerous challenges. The water utility company usually suffers from issues of high levels of turbidity, blocked sewer lines and increased number of pipe bursts.

"We always ensure that we supply water that has sufficient chlorine levels that takes care of eventual contamination which can occur in the network," adds Eng.Mulinda.

EWSC is also appealing to members of the public to exercise precaution by developing proper handling and storage habits to prevent contamination of water after it is drawn from our taps.

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EWSC Introduces a Pay Slow Scheme For New Connections.

Chipata City 16th April, 2019-EWSC has once again demonstrated its commitment to make access to clean, adequate and affordable water supply and sanitation services easy for the people of Eastern Province and Chama district by introducing a Pay Slow Scheme promotion for new connections.

This is barely two (2) months after the company announced the Connect 2500 Campaign which aims at making 2500 additional households access clean, adequate and affordable water supply and sanitation services by end of 2019.

The Chabooka promotion will make it easier for the first One Thousand (1000) potential customers who will be connected upon making a Six Hundred and Sixty Kwacha (K660) upfront payment. The remaining balance of Six Hundred and Sixty Kwacha (K660) out of the One Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty Kwacha (K1,320) standard new connection fee will be paid within the subsequent three months after the connection is done.

Eastern Water and Sanition Company Limited has set 30th May 2019 as the last day for the Chabooka Promotion.

EWSC Acting Managing Director Eng.Aaron Mulinda has urged people of Easten Province to take advantage of the flexible payment plans under the Chabooka promotion to get connected to Eastern Water and Sanitation Company Limited water supply.

Mr Mulinda has further clarified that the Chabooka promotion will not cover those customers coming from areas where there is an existing Public Private Partnership agreement between the company and the people of that area.

He said potentia customers under such project areas are still covered by the same conditions of the contract adding that the company will work towards completing all the projects under Public Private Partnerships.

The Chabooka promotion is part of the Connect 2500 campaign in which the company seeks to provide safe water supply and sanitation services to an additional 2500 households in the year 2019 as outlined in its Strategic Business Plan.

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EWSC PENS K395,000 PPP AGREEMENT WITH KANJALA WEST RESIDENTS OF CHIPATA

EWSC has signed a Public Private Partnership worth Three Hundred and Ninety Five Thousand Kwancha with the residents of Kanjala West in Chipata. Speaking during the signing ceremony at EWSC headquarters, EWSC Acting Managing Director Eng. Aaron Mulinda said the company was committed to its responsibility of providing safe water to the people of Eastern province. He said despite the company not having the financial capacity to undertake huge projects which would take water to new areas, the company was exploring other initiatives such as Public Private Partnerships with local communities in order to finance water projects. Eng. Mulinda said the company was delighted to see that the people of Kanjala West expressed interest in partnering with EWSC through the PPP agreement. He said such initiatives like PPP agreements will help the company meet the huge demand for water supply and sanitation services in the province. Meanwhile, Kanjala West community chairperson Chungu Chitambo has expressed excitement that the agreement has finally been signed. Mr. Chungu said it was so sad that an area which was only 2 kilometers away from the Central Business District could not have piped water. He said the people of Kanjala West had suffered enough and could not wait to have piped water in their homes. The PPP agreement will see EWSC and the Kanjala West residents co-finance a water supply project in the ration of 60%:40% respectively with the community being paid back through water bills.

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EWSC JOINS HANDS WITH KATETE TOWN COUNCIL TO FIGHT NCDs THROUGH FOOTBALL.

EWSC together with Katete Town Council today heed the president's call to fight Non Communicable Diseases (NDCs) through sport. In what turned out to be an entertaining game, Katete Town Council came out winners at full time beating the water boys 3-2. However, this was not going to sour the afternoon of the determined Water Boys who by halftime were leading by 2-0. After the break, the old adage that there is strength in numbers held true as Katete Council made some substitutes bringing in some fresh legs against the tired legs of the water boys. The introduction of flesh legs by Katate Council left the Water Boys chasing shadows and resulted in their opponents equalizing and later grabbing the winner in the dying minutes of the game. Speaking after the game EWSC Public Relations Officer Moses Nsunge said he was impressed with the way his team performed on the pitch. Mr. Nsunge said he was happy that the company was promoting a healthy work force through sporting activities such as soccer. He said the company will continue organizing such games with key stakeholders in order to foster relations. He added that sporting activities was the easiest way of stamping out Non Communicable Diseases and therefore should be embraced by all. EWSC will again face Katete Town Council in a return match in Chipata.

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PIPED WATER TO MPHAMBA NOW A REALITY

Lundazi Central Member of Parliament, Hon. Lawrence Nyirenda, has applauded the partnership between Eastern Water and Sanitation Company Limited and the Lundazi Town Council which has taken piped water to Mphamba compound. Speaking during a colourful ground breaking ceremony held at Kabinda Secondary School in Lundazi, Hon. Nyirenda said it was not a secret that the people of Mphamba had suffered without piped water. “Our people have been exposed to water borne diseases and long distances due to lack of piped water.” He said. He added that access to clean water is a fundamental human right which must be enjoyed by every Zambian if they are to lead a healthy, dignified and productive life. The Lundazi Law maker further said it was this reason that CDF steering committee saw it wise to partner with Eastern Water so that the people of Mphamba compound can have safe water. “In this first phase of the project, Lundazi Council through CDF has pumped in a sum of K120,000 whilst Eastern Water and Sewerage Company Limited has contributed K80,000 which puts the sum total cost of the project at K200,000.” Meanwhile, Eastern Water and Sanitation Company Limited Acting Managing Director, Eng. Aaron Mulinda has thanked Lundazi Town Council for partnering with the company. Eng. Mulinda said the company had the will to take water to all parts of Lundazi but was only limited by lack of funds. He said the company was exploring various ways of raising the much required funds to finance capital projects of which Mphamba was witnessing the fruits of these efforts. He added that the company will lay a 2 Km backbone water pipeline from the K200, 000 which has been raised in the first phase of the project.

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EWSC SCOOPS SECOND POSITION IN WSS NATIONAL QUIZ

Eastern Water and Sanitation Company has scooped the second position in the national quiz in Water Supply and Sanitation. The quiz dubbed the ‘Battle of the Brains’ was organized by NWASCO to raise awareness in Water Supply and Sanitation issues. Twelve schools representing the 11 utilities in the country participated in the quiz with Chambeshi Water and Sewerage Company sending 2 schools in the competition as it services two provinces. EWSC was represented by St. Monica’s Girls Secondary School after the school won the provincial round of the quiz beating 9 other schools in the province. Kasama Boys Secondary School which was representing Chambeshi Water and Sewerage Company emerged as winners of the quiz walking away with K15, 0000 while St. Monica’s Girls Secondary School pocketed a K10, 000 as runners up. The quiz which was the first of the kind will now be held every after one year to raise awareness of Water Supply and Sanitation issues.

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