A critical shortage of water has hit many parts of Chief Chipepo’ s Lusitu area in Chirundu districts forcing residents to walk long distances to access the commodity.
One of the residents, Mervis Beene of Lusitu ward said most of the people in the area were sharing drinking water with wild animals she has called on the Government to rectify the situation to lessen the sufferings of the people.
Ms Beene said the shortage of water in the area could not be emphasized, as the situation had persisted for many years without any solution.
She said the unavailability of safe drinking water had become a source of great concern especially that villagers sometimes depended on the only borehole that was erected at the nearby Lusitu secondary school.
Ms Beene said the issue of safe water should be treated as the matter of urgency.
“We don’t have water here and if anything the same water which is available is not safe for human consumption because it is the same water which we share with domestic and wild animals,” she said.
Ms Beene said the nearby school which was providing water to pupils was not enough to cater for everyone, as the school only relied on one hand pump which produced salty water which was not even fit for human consumption.
“The residents here at Lusitu ward and the surrounding areas wake up as early as 04.00 hours to fetch water from nearby areas, before the water is turned muddy by animals,” she said.
Ms Beene appealed to the relevant authorities to seriously consider the problems facing the people by rendering every possible solution to arrest the situations.
She said lack of access to basic necessities had become a challenge and she emphasized the need to harness the natural water bodies to meet the water needs of the community.