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.
MS The old - the Kafubu river as it has been for centuries past. Zambian woman takes water from river.
LS The new - general scene of construction of the Kafubu Dam. Scheme.
CS Grader driver.
MS Bulldozer pulling scraper.
MS Sand pit.
MCS Piles of sand - this is the best sand yet found on the copperbelt and ideal for cement for the dam wall.
MCS Reversionary intake tunnel channels river away from its bed while work goes on ahead on the dam wall.
MS Diversion outflow.
MS Concrete is poured into retaining walls for the earthen core.
MS Crane with skip of concrete being poured into cocao pan on rails leading to dam wall.
MS Concrete being poured into wall.
MS Employees shovelling concrete.
MLS Spillways under construction.
MCS Rock drill.
MS General scene - Making reinforcement ready for pouring concrete into shuttering.
LS Treatment and switching station.
MS PAN - WASTE pit.
MS. Filtration bads.
MS. Switching gear.
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Background: 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.