21,000,000 gallons of filtered water will eventually be fed into Ndola's water supply network from the GBP2,3000,000 KAFUBU DAM SCHEME seven miles from this town on Zambia's copperbelt.
21,000,000 gallons of filtered water will eventually be fed into Ndola's water supply network from the GBP2,3000,000 KAFUBU DAM SCHEME seven miles from this town on Zambia's copperbelt. In August the first supplies of 2,000,000 gallons a day will begin to flow through the reticulation system.
Resident Engineer John Neild in charge of this large product said that the first stage of the project will be completed in January next year, costing just under GBP1,000,000 but that the scheme would be continually expanding for the next twenty years.
With 400 men working on the scheme, at present only the foundations for the dam have been laid, but when finished the spillway will be forty-two feet above the level of the river bed, flanked by two long earthen embankments eleven feet higher the finished dam will be nine hundred yards long.
First recommendations to build the dam were made in 1956, and after many years of detailed planning work on preliminary construction started in October 1963. The main contract work on the dam did not begin until March 1965,
To enable work on the dam wall to proceed diversionary intake and outflow tunnels have been constructed to take the flow of the river away from its natural bed.
Filtration beds, treatment and switching stations, and pump houses are already under construction - keeping pace with the main construction effort.