On 17 April 2018, the Dutch company Royal HaskoningDHV signed an interesting contract with the Zambian drinking water company North-Western Water and Sewerage Company (NWWSSC). The two companies will work on developing a much-needed new water and sanitation system in Solwezi. The contract has been set up with the help of the Develop2Build programme, funded by the Dutch government.
Improving water and sanitation in Solwezi
The project aims to develop an appropriate water and sanitation system for Solwezi. The capital of Zambia's North Western province has been experiencing rapid population growth, which means the current water system and sanitation works no longer meet the needs of the people of Solwezi. A new system is more than welcome.
Now that the contract is signed, phase 1 of the project is ready to start. 2 feasibility studies will investigate the options for a new water supply and sewerage system. Funding comes from the Dutch Government through the Develop2Build programme. If the studies paint a positive picture, RVO.nl and NWWSSC will officially give the green light for the next chapter of the project.
At the same time, the study results also double as a means to attract potential external financers. It is intended that these take over from the Dutch government to provide the necessary funding for additional studies and the final implementation. If both RVO.nl and NWWSSC are positive about phase 1, Royal HaskoningDHV will continue with phase 2. This includes drawing up a final design, doing an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and preparing tender documents. This way, this D2B programme provides everything needed to get the infrastructure project tender-ready. It's one step closer to a new water and sanitation system for the people of Solwezi.
The project is an example of how Develop2Build supports governments to improve their infrastructure. The D2B programme is set up by the Dutch Ministry of foreign affairs and executed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl). Apart from feasibility studies, funded activities include environmental impact reports and conceptual designs, among others. Interested? Have a look at the Develop2Build page for more information.