Mtendere runs out of water forcing people to drink from stream like animals

A critical shortage of domestic water has yet again hit Mtendere Township in Lusaka forcing residents to draw water from the contaminated nearby stream.

And some residents in the area have raised health concerns that people in the township might contract water borne diseases and have since appealed to the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company to quickly find a lasting solution.

Joseph Mwenya told ZANIS in an interview that there has been persistent water blues in the township for the past four days now.

Mr. Mwenya said residents have resorted to drawing water from the nearby Mtendere stream, a thing he said was not health.

“There has been critical shortage of water in section C, D and some parts Ma plot township. Water crisis has now entered day four without the problem being solved,” Mr. Mwenya said.

He complained that water problems in Mtendere have been going on for so many years now and has since called on the Lusaka Water and sewerage Company to resolve the problem in the township.

Another resident Gertrude Siame, a nurse at Mtendere clinic expressed fear that a disease may break out in Mtendere and called for a quick intervention from the water utility company.

Ms. Siame accused Lusaka Water and Sewage Company of not being serious adding that whenever there is a water crisis in the township, the water utility company takes time to rectify the problem.

She said it is high time the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company became serious as opposed to downplaying the problem.

John Chidyaka, a pastor also told ZANIS that the water crisis in Mtendere needed to be attended to as a matter of urgency before any life is lost.

Mr. Chidyaka said it is not health to resort to using contaminated water when the problem of water can be solved by the water utility company.

And when contacted, Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company Public Relations Officer Topsy Siakalinda told ZANIS in an interview that it is not the entire Mtendere Township which has been hit by the water crisis.

He said only one street is affected adding that few houses are faced with water problem and that  Lusaka and Water Sewerage workers are currently on site trying to resolve the problem.

Mr. Siakalinda said the water utility company suspects vandalism and blockage of the water pipes as the main cause for the water crisis in the township.

He assured the residents that LWSC was doing its best to resolve the problem.

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