CB water companies urged to improve service

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—-The Forum For Good Governance, Gender Equity And Justice International on Copperbelt has called on water utility companies to improve their water delivery services as government had engaged a number of donors to fund them.


Forum president, Philemon Phiri, says it is difficult to understand why many residents on the Copperbelt, especially in low density areas, still complain of persistence erratic water supply when utility companies have received funds from donors such as JICA, DANNIDA and the World Bank.


Mr Phiri charged that the utility companies were failing to expand their operation capacities to accommodate the ever growing population of the country resulting in most residents fail to access adequate water supply.


He said the creation of independent water utility companies was seen as the only way to improve the water supply which is not the case.


Mr Phiri said the performance of most water utility companies have, however, not met the expectation of the ordinary Zambians as infrastructure being used is too old and was meant to service a smaller population.


He has appealed to the Patriotic Front (PF) government to closely monitor and supervise the water companies so that water related diseases and problems do not become an endemic.