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THE Government has released K8.1 billion funding to Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) for the improvement of water supply and sanitation provision to four peri-urban areas.

And the LWSC has bought 40 prepaid bulk meters from Elster Kent Metering of South Africa for a pilot installation project at water kiosks in selected peri-urban townships.

In a statement released by LWSC public relations manager Simon Mwale in Lusaka yesterday, the money was released to cover the current gap in service levels to Bauleni, Ng'ombe, Tiyende Pamodzi townships and Shikabeta Village.

Mr Mwale said the funding was meant for the development of new water sources and water reticulation and storage facilities in the areas.

"The unserviced target population of the four peri-urban areas is approximately 60,500 with water demand approximately 180,000 cubic meters per month. This demand needs to be met with investments into water resource developments and network extensions," he said.