National Water Supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) has released statement warning that climate change will adversely affect the quality and quantity of water in Zambia.
NWASCO director Kelvin Chitumbo said the council had developed a Climate Risks Screening (CRS) Guideline for the Water Supply and Sanitation Sub-Sector. As such, he said that according to the guidelines climate change will eventually lead to adverse impacts on the economic and social well-being of the communities. He was however quick to add that this can only be prevented if preventive measures are put in place as soon as possible.
He further added that the CRS guideline would provide the framework on systematic steps which practitioners could take to identify climate hazards. It will also help in mitigating measures as they designed and implemented water service projects.
Chitumbo explained that although the guideline is primarily intended for use on new projects, it can also be used to climate proof already existing water services projects and infrastructure. This can be achieved by guiding decision making for any modifications that may be required.
He further added that the guidelines were also intended to be used as decision making pointers during project planning and designs. This will go a long way towards identification of climate risks and appropriate adaptation measures selected to reduce vulnerability.