ZAMBIA – Zambian Breweries Plc, a subsidiary of AB InBev has donated K439,000 (US$28,500) towards the Lusaka Water Security Initiative (LuWSI) and has partnered with the Lusaka Water and Sanitation Company (LWSC) in constructing a US$150,000 industrial water borehole in George Compound of Lusaka as part of the company’s 2025 Sustainability goal on water stewardship.

The partnership with LWSC comes on the back of the commitment made by ZB at the height of the cholera outbreak of 2018, at which time many lives were lost.

The proposed industrial borehole commissioned by the Breweries is now 70% complete, and handover is expected by the second quarter of this year set to benefit over 400,000 residents.

The industrial well sits on a 50×100-metre piece of land. So far, engineers have laid 40 percent of water pipes connecting the borehole to the tank located three kilometres away. They have laid 200 PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes underground. Its power control room is almost complete with only roofing and plastering left to go.

According to the brewer, the industrial water borehole has a lifespan of over 100 years and will pump 25 litres of water per second, assuring residents of access to clean water 24/7.

The K439,000 (US$28,500) donation to LuWSI is the fulfilment of the company’s pledge made last year to improve water and sanitation in Lusaka.

“Without water, we would not be able to exist, and actually, as human beings, without water there is no life,” said Zambian Breweries Country Director Jose Moran.

Mr Moran further underscored the importance of water to ZB operations.

“We use water quite a lot to produce the product that we make. So, definitely it’s very important for us,” he emphasised.

Mr Moran pledged the company’s continued support towards water security in Zambia. “This is just a humble contribution or support that we are making, but there is more; not only on material funds, but also around our capabilities,” he said.

LuWSI Head of Secretariat, Kelvin Chitumbo, thanked the company for its support and said, “It will go a long way to ensure we manage the secretariat and also the intervention we have planned as LuWSI.”

LuWSI is a multi-stakeholder collaboration system between public sector, private sector, civil society and international actors inspired by and working towards the vision of water security for Lusaka residents and businesses.

The initiative aims at addressing factors affecting groundwater pollution in Lusaka.

It has four core functions: to assess, prioritise and monitor water security threats and solutions; create awareness, education and advocacy for change: develop and implement projects; mobilise new actors and resources; and strengthen capacity for multi-stakeholder collaboration.

LuWSI was founded in 2016 and has over 20 partners from all sectors.

Apart from Zambian Breweries 2025 Sustainability goal on water stewardship, other goals include smart agriculture, circular packaging, climate action, and entrepreneurship.