PHI, Mtendere townships without water for 2 months

Hundreds of Lusaka’s Mtendere and PHI townships have had no water for almost two months now owing to low pressure being experienced by Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company.   

Some residents have complained that the area has not seen any drop of water from the taps for weeksin the affected areas while water bills have continued to be sent by LWSC.

“The company used to bring us mobile water tanks but they stopped and we do not know why, but how do they think people will survive?” asked Mr  Mweemba Halalulwa one of the affected residents.

Recently LWSC cautioned Lusaka about  the water crisis because of the challenges connected to the drying up of the underground water table and subsequent shut down of some boreholes in the capital.

The company was dependent on the Kafue River water source which provided only 40 per cent of the total water to Lusaka leaving the deficit on the 130 boreholes dotted around the city.

Meanwhile LWSC has announced emergency works at the Kafue River source which rcently resulted in further shortages of water in the capital city.

According to the company’s Facebook page announcement, the works were however  scheduled to be completed by the end  of yesterday.

“Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company wishes to inform its customers that most parts of Lusaka will experience low water pressure to no water supply from Sunday 16th November to Monday 17th November 2014.

“This is due to emergency maintenance works being carried out in Kafue,” the statement read.

The water utility explained that some places to be most affected by the shortages included Chelston, Avondale, Kaunda Square, Mtendere and Hellen Kaunda.

Others are Kalingalinga, Handsworth and Civic Centre including Rhodes park, Northmead, Olympia and Garden compound.

The water utility company explained that water supply was expected to be normalized by today as soon as the reservoir  acquired sufficient water levels to feed the distribution network.