LWSC ready to curb ‘perennial’ Chongwe water blues

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The Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company has declared its preparedness to address the water shortage which was experienced in Chongwe district during the dry season in the last two years.

Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company acting Marketing and Public Relations Manager Damasake Chibale told ZANIS in Lusaka today that the water utility company had put measures in place to curb the problem.

Mr. Chibale said the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company has since put in place both short term and long term measures to resolve the water problem.

He attributed the water problems that had been faced in Chongwe district for the past two dry seasons to poor rainfall and farming activities conducted between that district and Lusaka in which water is being trapped for irrigation by some farmers.

He added that already, the water problem in Chongwe was normalizing.

Mr. Chibale said the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company has been supplying water to Chongwe using water bowsers as a short term measure to ensure that residents in the area have the commodity adequately.

He said a dedicated pipeline will be put in place as a long term measure.

Mr. Chibale said physical work on the Kafue-Chongwe pipeline will start in the second quarter of 2015.

He also said additional water reserviours, which will receive enough water to supply to Lusaka city and surrounding areas, including Chongwe, will be put in place.

He further said the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company will start sensitizing its customers on water conservation and usage.