• Short Summary

    A LARGE-SCALE PROJECT WHICH IS TO ENSURE AN ADEQUATE ROUND-THE-YEAR SUPPLY OF WATER TO LUSAKA HAS NOW REACHED AN ADVANCED STAGE OF COMPLETION.

  • Description

    A LARGE-SCALE PROJECT WHICH IS TO ENSURE AN ADEQUATE ROUND-THE-YEAR SUPPLY OF WATER TO LUSAKA HAS NOW REACHED AN ADVANCED STAGE OF COMPLETION.

    BY THE SIDE OF THE KAFUE RIVER, 35 MILES FROM LUSAKA, PIPES ARE BEING LAID AT THE RATE OF A MILE A DAY. OTHER INSTALLATIONS ARE AN INTAKE TOWER AT THE BASE OF THE RIVER; A PURIFICATION PLANT, A FIVE-MILLION-GALLON RESERVOIR AND TWO PUMPING STATIONS.

    THE PROJECT WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY 1970, BUT WAS SPEEDED UP TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE FAST-GROWING ZAMBIAN CAPITAL, AND ROBERTS CONSTRUCTION - TH FIRM IN CHARGE - NOW PROMISE COMPLETION BY JULY OF THIS YEAR.

    THE LAYING OF THE PIPES, BETWEEN 27 AND 42 INCHES IN DIAMETER AND CAPABLE OF CARRYING 10 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER A DAY, IS TO BE COMPLETED BY APRIL; THE PIPES ARE MADE IN SINGAPORE.

    WORK GOES ON IN SHIFTS UNINTERRUPTEDLY ROUND THE CLOCK.

    THE PIPES HAVE TO BE LAID OVER VERY DIFFICULT TERRAIN. THOUSANDS OF TONS OF ROCK HAVE TO BE BLASTED OUT OF THE WAY AND DENSE UNDERGROWTH HAD TO BE CLEARED ON THE STRETCH OF LAND BETWEEN LUSAKA AND THE FORESTS OF THE WINTERLAND.

    (LUSAKA'S OLD WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM RELIED ENTIRELY ON PUMPING UNDERGROUND WATER UP THROUGH BOREHOLES; IT HAS LONG PROVED INADEQUATE AND LAST YEAR EMERGENCY BOREHOLES HAD TO BE DRILLED TO ALLEVIATE A SERIOUS WATER SHORTAGE IN PARTS OF THE CITY.

    OTHER ZAMBIAN CITIES ARE LAUNCHING SIMILAR SCHEMES WITH GOVERNMENT HELP.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEYYKSJ8A30CNAZHBVA3JRFB9K
    Media URN:
    VLVAEYYKSJ8A30CNAZHBVA3JRFB9K
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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