old well at Chilemba market
Contaminated shallow well at Chilemba market

Aim of project

To provide safe water and sanitation to the busy and expanding Chilemba Market, two schools and the local community in Chingola, a mining town in North East Zambia.


ZIEH logoThe project was managed by The Zambia Institute of Environmental Heath.

Chilemba market project 2014/15

Chilemba farmers section of market
Chilemba farmers section of market

What we did

  • Drilled a borehole and erected a water tower.
  • Built a water kiosk for market traders and local people to collect their water for a minimal fee.
  • Installed pipes to existing toilet blocks at the market and to the two community primary schools nearby. (There are many orphans and children of market traders at the schools).
  • Constructed wash stands and stand pipes outside the schools providing safe water for drinking and keeping the schools clean.

What were the outcomes

The only water supply before this Water for Kids project was a shallow well with contaminated water. Now safe water, toilets and washing facilities are available for:

  • 1000 market traders
  • over 1000 school pupils
  • people living nearby.

Read about the background to the project

connecting the water at Chilemba market
Safe water flows at Chilemba market