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WASA hires SA firm

MASERU — The Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) has hired a South African company to construct, rehabilitate and upgrade sewer networks and pumping stations in Maseru.

WASA signed the contract worth M201 million with Rumdel Construction Company last Wednesday.

The company will be responsible for the Maseru Waste Water Project which will cover Mabote and Maqalika areas.

Some parts of Khubetsoana and Agriculture College will also be covered by the project which is expected to be completed in 2012.

“The project is upgrading WASA`s sanitation services for 100 000 inhabitants of Maseru and will provide a modern and environmentally friendly system of waste-water collection and treatment in the capital,” said WASA chief executive Refiloe Tlali.

She said that most of the homesteads in these areas have septic tanks but the project will make it much cheaper to maintain their waste disposal.

“There was a need to hire a truck to come and collect sewage from the septic tanks, and this is more expensive than, using the sewage network systems.”

She also said in villages such as Maseru West where the sewage system is already operational the costs of waste disposal are much cheaper and environmentally friendly. 

The project is co-financed by a M100 million grant from the European Union. Another M40 million in the form of grant is from the government of Lesotho.

The remaining M150 million will come in the form of a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The loan is payable over a period of 20 years, according to the agreement. 

Head of delegation of the European Commission (EC) in Lesotho Peter Christiansen who witnessed the signing said the EIB and EC were committed partners in the project.

The EC and the EIB are committed jointly with other development partners to support the government of Lesotho and WASA in their substantial efforts to improve sanitation services in line with national strategies,” Christiansen said.

The project is expected to increase the coverage for sanitation in Maseru from the current 49 percent to 85 percent.

The project is expected to start next month.

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