Bauleni in erratic water supply

THE continued erratic water supply in Bauleni Township has raised concern among residents who have called on Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) to work on the problem to avoid a break out of diseases like cholera. The residents complained that the continued water shortage was a threat as it put the health of many people at risk. They charged that the water utility company should move in and ensure that the people in the area were able to have access to quality drinking water at all times. Catherine Nayame a resident in the area said that people were being forced to move long distances to draw water. Ms. Nayame said that the water shortage was affecting people in many ways like delaying children going to school because they were required to fetch water first. She said the residents were also living in constant fear of a disease breakout in the area. “Bauleni is one of the townships that was recently affected by the cholera outbreak that broke out in Kanyama and spread to other parts of the district, and with this water crisis we are really scared for our lives, “ We are appealing to the water utility company to come in and help us in finding a permanent solution to the water challenges in our area’’, she said. But LWSC said that the water crisis in Bauleni had come to their attention and the company was working on the issue. LWSC public relations manager Topsy Sikalinda said the company was working on the matter to ensure that the water situation in the area stabilized. Mr. Sikalinda further said that the erratic water supply was as a result of falling water tables. ‘’We are aware of the water situation in Bauleni and we are doing everything within our powers to ensure that the challenge is addressed in good time and we appealing to the residents to bear with us for some time’’, he said.