LWSC resumes sale of water in former cholera-infested areas

By Nation Reporter

THE Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) has started the selling of water at its communal taps and kiosks in five townships that were closed due to cholera outbreaks.

The townships are Kanyama, Garden House, Makeni Villa, John Laing and Chibolya.

The decision by the water utility company was meant to avoid the spread of cholera to other parts of the city and to allow people in the affected areas to access clean and safe water for free until the situation normalised.

LWSC public relations manager, Topsy Sikalinda said the spread of waterborne diseases in peri-urban areas could be attributed to lack of adequate sanitation services, use of water from shallow wells and private boreholes supplying untreated water.

“The water supplied by LWSC is safe and clean because it goes through the standard treatment process before it is supplied to the residents of Lusaka,” he said.

Mr Sikalinda appealed to all those that had not connected their households to the LWSC water supply line to do likewise so that they could also enjoy benefits of clean and safe drinking water and avoid contracting cholera.

Cholera broke out four months ago in Lusaka and isolated cases were reported in Central, Copperbelt, Southern and Northern Provinces. The disease has since been brought under control.