Kaoma district in Western province is facing critical water shortages which has entered day nine (9) today.
The situation almost brought business to a standstill this morning as residents wanted to march to the District Commissioner’s office to lodge their displeasure about the shoddy works being done by the Logical systems contracted by government to overhaul the water system in the district.
The situation was only brought to order when the District Commissiner Joster Manjolo addressed the irate residents and requested them to be calm as he was making frantic efforts to ensure that water problems in the district is normalized.
And Mr Manjolo has expressed displeasure at Western Water and Sewerage Company management in the district for failing to restore water to consumers and has since ordered the company to ensure that water is restored in the district today.
Mr Manjolo said that in July this year government through DANIDA funded the water utility company in the district about K3.2 billion to overhaul the water reticulation system in Kaoma and that the contractor, Logical systems has proved to be incompetent as the six months contract agreement has already elapsed without tangible results.
The District Commissioner has since threatened the water utility company in the district that government will soon terminate the contract from Logical Systems because it has proved to be failing to provide water to the people in the district.
Mr Manjolo said the government funded the contractor adequately in order to provide water 24 hours to the consumers in the district because people have suffered for too long without having constant flow of water at their taps.
He said the PF government does not want to see people that voted massively for President Michael Sata to suffer when resources were made available to curb the water shortages in the district.
Mr Manjolo said the PF government does not condone shoddy works in its quest to bring development to the people as water is life.
He complained that people were now forced to draw contaminated water from shallow wells and Luena river, while others use rain water for domestic purposes adding that those with flushable toilets have dug pit latrines in their homes to answer the call of nature.
And Western Water and Sewerage Company Director Technical Services, Harry Sikoma told ZANIS in an interview today that his company is working round the clock to ensure that water is restored and that customers should not panic as the problem will be sorted out as soon as possible.
Mr 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 burst on the joints.
He said water will start flowing normally tomorrow in the evening as all the workers were busy rectifying the problems.