Serenje in Water Blues

A CRITICAL water shortage has hit Serenje District in Central Province forcing the residents to dig shallow wells, District Commissioner Charles Mwelwa has disclosed .
Mr Mwelwa said since Sunday this week, the district had no running water and accused the water utility Lukanga Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) of failing to provide a solution to the water situation.
In an interview yesterday, Mr Mwelwa explained that as a result of the critical water shortage, most households had resorted to digging shallow wells and feared that the district may be hit with water-borne diseases if a solution was not found.
But LWSC managing director Wencyslouv Makondo, when contacted for a comment, said the water challenge which had hit the district was as a result of a broken down water system.
Mr Makondo said officers were working on the facility and was hopeful that water supply would normalise by today.
Mr Mwelwa said there was need to urgently address the water problem to avoid outbreak of water borne diseases and that most residents were using the bush to answer the call of nature.
“I want to state that we are worried about the water shortage which has hit our district and if water is not restored, we will see a situation where lives would be lost, ” he said.
He said the water utility should have announced and provided an alternative for water supply.
Mr Makondo apologised for the water interruption and further attributed low water levels to the depleted water source, which had resulted in its failure to pump sufficient water.

Source : The Times of Zambia

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