Statutory Instrument to regulate borehole drilling

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Government has introduced the Statutory Instrument to regulate ground water and borehole drilling in the country.

Speaking in Lusaka, Minster of Water Development Dennis Wanchinga said the Statutory Instrument is meant to protect ground water from pollution and ensure quality in the water drilled.

Dr. Wanchinga said the water management SI has been necessitated by the increase in the number of boreholes drilled without consultation.

He said this is because the water Act of 1949 only focused on the protection of surface water.

And Drillers Association of Zambia board secretary Christopher Chilongo said the regulation will ensure professionalism in the management of ground water.

Mr. Chilongo said currently, the association only has seventy registered members when the country has over four hundred drilling companies.