EMI is honored to partner with Living Water International (LWI) to serve the Lusitu community in Zambia and help them gain access to safe drinking water. EMI will be providing an assessment of their existing water system and will assist with conceptual design recommendations for potential rehabilitation, improvements, and expansions to meet the community's growing water needs.
Lusitu community is in the Chirundu District, south of Lusaka Province of the Republic of Zambia along the Zambezi River. It is an area with harsh climate that is deplete of many natural resources. The original inhabitants of the Chipepo area were re-located to Lusitu (mostly against their own will) in 1958 with the construction of the Kariba Dam. In 1970, the Lusitu Water Supply Scheme was established to treat and distribute water from the Zambezi River to serve approximately 7,000 people inhabiting the area. In 2003, the system was rehabilitated by the Zambian government due to the increasing population and in 2017 another minor rehabilitation was attempted by the Zambezi River Authority.
The system is currently in a state of disrepair and is not able to serve the water needs of the community, which is currently estimated to be up to 47,000 people. Untreated water is currently being pumped to a small portion of the community near the river intake. The treatment facility that designed for coagulation and sand filtration is not functional and much of the distribution piping is also in very poor condition.
LWI Zambia began working in the Chirundu District in 2013 where they have concentrated on achieving high levels of coverage through long-term, impactful relationships in rural water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) community development. They aim to mobilize communities, churches, and local governments toward physical and spiritual transformation through increasing access to sustainable WASH services and the gospel of Jesus Christ that alone quenches the deepest thirst. Due to their meaningful work in this district, LWI has been approached by the local authorities to help assess the water needs of the Lusitu community.
LWI requested EMI's partnership to help provide an assessment of the existing Lusitu Water Supply Scheme and provide recommendations for rehabilitation and improvements to meet the long-term needs of the community. Will you pray and consider helping us design a world of hope for the people of the Lusitu community?
— Jason Chandler, EMI USA trip leader