THE Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) has called on residents to desist from drinking water from shallow wells and untreated water from private boreholes.

According to LWSC public relations officer Nsamba Muzungu, the utility company has made this call following the cholera outbreak in Kanyama compound.

“We want to appeal to the residents to desist from using water from shallow wells and other unsafe sources in the wake of the cholera outbreak in the city,” Mr. Muzungu said.

He noted that the company had since suspended the selling of water at its communal taps in Kanyama, John Laing and Chibolya compounds and was now dispensing water free of charge to allow more people of the areas to access safe and clean drinking water for free during the period.

Mr. Muzungu said the company was also undertaking door to door sanitation awareness campaign in Kanyama compound where it was promoting hygiene and hand washing.

“In an effort to mitigate the cholera situation, we have suspended the selling of water at our communal taps in Kanyama and the surrounding areas and we have also embarked on a sensitization programme,” he said.

He said the utility company had also increased the chlorine dosage for the water that was supplied by water trusts in peri-urban areas and would soon be distributing chlorine to households in peri-urban areas. Mr. Muzungu disclosed that the utility was expecting to receive about 5,000 boxes of chlorine from UNICEF and would soon be distributing it in all the peri-urban areas regardless whether there had been reported outbreaks or not.

He advised residents to ensure that they accessed clean and safe drinking water supplied by the LWSC in order to avoid drinking contaminated water.

“The spread of waterborne diseases in peri-urban areas can be attributed to lack of adequate sanitation services and the use of water from shallow wells and private boreholes supplying untreated water.

“The water supplied by LWSC is safe, clean and reliable because it goes through the standard treatment process before it is supplied to the residents of Lusaka. Water quality surveillance is undertaken on a daily basis,” he said.

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