Local Government and Housing Deputy Minister, Forrie Tembo has summoned the Director General for Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) to report to Luangwa District immediately and answer to quarries on the water situation.
Mr. Tembo who is in Luangwa District to inspector on projects expressed concern and worry that Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company was providing untreated water to its consumers.
He said it was sad that the company was providing unsafe drinking water to it customers when Government hat mandated it to provide safe and clean water to the people to avoid outbreaks of water-borne diseases.
The visibly annoyed Deputy Minister said there was no way the company could delay in sending aluminum sulphite to Luangwa when it was informed on time that the chemical was urgently required in the area for the purification of water.
Mr. Tembo called the Director General on his mobile phone directing him to travel to Luangwa District and check for himself the water that they were providing to residents and also the environment the workers were operating in.
The Deputy Minister for Local government and Housing who was accompanied by District Commissioner, Eunie Mumba, Council Secretary, Peter Nguluwe and several District Heads of Department said there was a threat of an outbreak of water-borne diseases in the District and that Lusaka Water and Sewerage Director General should do something before lives are lost.
Mr. Tembo however expressed happiness at the refurbishing of the water plant in Luangwa District to replace the old system that has outlived its life span.
He said that the works been done were good and the Director General should come and answer to some issues that need to be highlighted such as what will happen to the old system and how long the works will take.
The Local government Deputy Minister said the PF Government was in a hurry to deliver better services to the people and those stakeholders engaged should ensure that they work to expectation.