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To be an innovative department and model in development and maintenance of public and council buildings, plant and machinery as well as fire fighting services.


To provide municipal public works in a more effective, cost efficient, transparent and sustainable manner.


The Department is responsible for

  • Development and maintenance of public infrastructure
  • Development and maintenance of council buildings and machinery
  • Enforcement of building regulations and provision of fire services
  • improve access to water supply and sanitation

The Department consists of six sections namely;

  • Roads and Parks
  • Buildings
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Fire Brigade
  • Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Unit


  • Roads and Parks

development and maintenance of feeder and township roads, drainages, culverts,

bridges, cemetery, play parks.


  • Mechanical section

maintenance of council plant and machinery


  • Buildings
  1. enforces building standards, development and maintenance of council properties
  2. The Council has established the Building Scrutiny Committee which is responsible for scrutinising building plans. The committee comprises of The Director of Works, District Planning Officer, Building Inspector, Health Inspector and Fire Officer.


  • Building works are inspected at different stages by building officers. The works are inspected at the following stages:


  1. Foundation and footing
  2. Slab level
  3. Lintel level
  4. Roof level
  5. Occupancy stage



  • Electrical section

responsible for managing and maintenance of street lights, power supply at all municipal buildings.


  • Fire section

responsible for conducting fire inspections.

they check for functional fire extinguishers, valid fire certificate issued by the council, type of building, i.e. building should be fire resistant.

Fire rescue services include

  • Retrieving road traffic accident victims trapped in vehicles
  • Vehicle recovery
  • Retrieving people and animals drowned in water bodies
  • Special services such as bee control

Existence of functional fire extinguishers in buildings

Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Unit

 GRZ developed a National Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (NRWSSP) in 2006

  • The aim is to;
  1. improve access to water supply and sanitation
  2. Achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for water supply and sanitation
  3. Meet the national vision for universal coverage by 2030.



Components & Objectives

1.Water Supply

To increase and improve the number of functioning WS facilities through systematic investment in new WS facilities and rehabilitation of existing facilities

  1. Sanitation

To increase and improve the number of adequate sanitation facilities through promotion of household latrine construction and hygiene education, etc

3.Policy Development

To develop a comprehensive WSS Policy and legal framework that facilitates effective development and management of the WSS sector in Zambia

4.Capacity Building

To ensure that MLGH and DLAs have the necessary capacities to facilitate RWSS service delivery with full participation of beneficiary communities

  1. Information Management System

To roll-out, implement and institutionalise the RWSS Information Management System (IMS) and to raise the profile of the RWSS

  1. Operation and Maintenance of Water Supply Facilities

To sustain the state of operation at more than 70% and maintenance of all constructed facilities based on full participation of beneficiary communities

  1. Research and Development

To develop sound scientific and socio-cultural framework for implementing RWSS in Zambia


Overall Objective of NRWSSP

  • To provide sustainable and equitable access to safe water supply and proper sanitation to meet basic needs for improved health and poverty alleviation for Zambia’s rural population and contribute to achievement of the Millennium Development Goal for water supply and sanitation.



NRWSSP sets out three Priorities:


  1. Improving access to sanitation to 60% of the pop.
  2. Improving access to safe water supply to 75%
  3. Improving the capacity of the local authorities & communities to operate & manage facilities sustainably


Guiding Principles and Policies

  • Demand driven by the community
  • Community ownership
  • Cost sharing – CPs = 80% , GRZ = 20%
  • Full cost on repairs by users
  • Cost sharing 90% by GRZ and 10% Community= K1,500 (Community Contribution fee)
  • O&M through SOMAP