Kaoma district of Western province is in critical water shortages which has entered day 10 today.
People are now forced to draw contaminated water from shallow wells and Luena River, while others use rain water for domestic purposes. Residents that have flushable toilets have stopped using them and dug pit latrines in their homes as artenatives,
And Western Water and Sewerage Company Director Technical Services Harry Sikoma advised water consumers not to panic as the company was working round the clock to ensure that water is restored as soon as possible.
Sikoma said the major challenges which the contractor faced was that during testing the new main lines from the water treatment plant to the tanks, the system could not withstand the pressure thereby forcing the lines to disintegrate on the joints.
He said water will start flowing normally today (Monday) in the evening as all the workers were busy rectifying the problems.