THIEVES have stolen manhole covers along Freedom Way in Lusaka, creating a health hazard through the stench coming out of the sewer system, Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) public relations manager Topsy Sikalinda has said.
He told the Daily Nation newspaper in an interview that the covers were stolen last week.
Mr Sikalinda said this has caused a bad stench coming from sewer water and is posing a health hazard to members of the general public.
“All manhole covers on Freedom Way road were stolen last week by suspected metal dealers. This is a health hazard because the stench coming from the sewer system is so strong and members of the general public might be inconvenienced,” he said.
Mr. Sikalinda said LWSC had put up some temporary covers to the most affected places.
He called on members of the public to help the water utility company by reporting people who were disrupting operations through theft.
Mr. Sikalinda emphasized the need for members of the public to see LWSC as a partner in development for them to enjoy the water utility services.
And Mr. Sikalinda has said the water utility company was working round the clock to ensure that it provides water to all parts of the city.
He called on Lusaka residents to be patient as the water utility company rolled out its services to all parts of the city.
Mr Sikalinda said the quality of service LWSC was able to give residents was equivalent to what they also put in both in monetary form and how they guard equipment belonging to the company.
“The service residents should expect should be equal to what they also give in monetary terms and also how they guard our equipment,” he said.
Mr. Sikalinda said vandalism was a very big problem which needed concerted efforts to fight.