Chinanda Villagers Cry for Boreholes

RESIDENTS of Chinanda Village and surrounding area in Mansa have appealed to Government to sink boreholes in their community to mitigate the critical water shortages in the area.
The Chinanda community is one of the heavily populated villages that are in the outskirts of Mansa District in Luapula Province but villagers have lacked clean drinking water for years.
Jennifer Mwila one of the residents said the community has only one hand borehole sunk by Government although it was currently providing dirty water because of rust.
“We have a problem of water, because we have no boreholes, or streams nearby, while the hand pump is old and rust and no one wants to use it because the water is dirty, maybe they should change the pipes,” she said.
“We are, therefore, appealing to Government through our area Member of Parliament Chitalu Chilufya to consider sinking more boreholes here.”
Patrick Kaselekela, another resident in the area echoed similar sentiments, saying that water problem had been their source of concern for many years.
Mr Kaselekela said the community sat on a plateau where it was difficult for them to sink wells that could have water throughout the year as they dried every dry season.
“As you can see, the village is very big and we have a large population, so we need more than 12 boreholes where we can be drawing our drinking water.
“During dry season like now, our wives walk long distances to fibale dambo, where they draw water from shallow wells which is also contaminated and not safe to drink, and in many cases we experience diarrheal cases, especially among the children,” Mr Kaselekela said.
Gloria Chishimba noted that apart from lack of clean water, there was need for the area to be provided with a health centre to cater for the growing population.
“We really have a challenge in issues to do with health because there is no clinic nearby. The only clinic that we go to is Buntungwa in Mansa town. And when someone falls sick at night it is really a problem,” he said.

Source : The Times of Zambia

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