7216. Solwezi Water & Sanitation Works Project - Zambia - D2B16ZM05
The North Wester Water Supply and Sanitation Company Limited (NWWSSCL) intends to expand the existing water supply system in Solwezi town, the capital of the North Western Province of Zambia. With this expansion it is envisaged that the water supply coverage will increase from currently 34% to 100% coverage by 2031. This requires extraction from additional water sources. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) supports the development phase of this project. At RVO's request, the NCEA first reviewed and adviced on the quality of the scoping report and the Terms of Reference for the ESIA in December 2019, subsequently an advice was given on the ESIA report from September 2020.
Advisory reports and other documents
|20 Dec 2019: Advisory review|
|Final advice on the scoping_ToR for the Solwezi Water Supply Project|
|09 Dec 2020: Advisory review|
|Advice on the ESIA for the Solwezi Water Supply Project|
At the scoping stage for the ESIA, the NCEA noted the need to strenghten the data and analysis on alternative water sources, in order to come to a well-informed decision. It was also noted that the potential consequences of inadequate wastewater management and sanitation on community health had not been considered.
In terms of the ESIA report, the NCEA acknowlegded that many efforts have been undertaken and useful information has been collected and documented. However, the way the information is presented had been found as inadequate to inform decision making and to guide the proponent and future contractors. Relevant details about how the sustainable use of the selected water source will be guaranteed have not been provided. Also the potential consequences of increased wastewater discharge have not been assessed and no measures proposed to prevent, mitigate and monitor and manage health impacts. The NCEA recommended to:
* improve the ESIA's readibility and coherence so it is better able to inform decision makers and stakeholders on the project;
* develop a clear plan to ensure the sustainable use and management of the new water source;
* assess and deal with impacts associated with increased wastewater.
Members of the working group
Chair: Tanya van Gool
Technical secretary: Leyla Özay
Last modified: 01 Feb 2022