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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Progress on achieving SDG 6

2020 Voluntary National Review

Zambia reported that the Water Sector Programme Support resulted in an increase in the proportion of rural population having access to safe water from 41 percent in 2006, when the sinking of boreholes started, to 49 percent in 2010; and by 2018, the proportion had increased further to 58 percent. However, Zambia informed to face challenges in the following areas: High cost of service provision; inadequate finances to improve water and sanitation service; sustainability of water supply especially in rural and peri-urban areas; negative impact of climate change on water and sanitation; neglect of the sanitation subsector; and peri-urban water and sanitation services.  

Zambia identified areas that require significant action in addressing the challenges above. The actions include enhancing investment in R&D to reduce the cost of imported water treatment chemicals and reagents, implement financing mechanisms to support investment planning and public/private partnerships, invest in long-term protection of water sources, improve sanitation standards in unplanned settlements in order to avert the risk of water-borne diseases, and strengthen implementation of public-private partnerships for water and sanitation facilities in peri-urban areas.  

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