KANYAMA residents have urged the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) to provide safe water throughout the year to prevent cholera outbreaks in the future.
Following the cholera outbreak in Lusaka, LWSC suspended the selling of water at its communal taps in Kanyama, John Laing and Chibolya compounds to allow more people in these areas to access safe and clean drinking water for free during the period.
But the residents have demanded that people in the area should have access to safe water throughout the year, not just when there was an outbreak.
Steven Kaunda, a resident, commended LWSC for providing residents with free water during the time when the area was hit by cholera, but suggested that the company should continue to provide the service free of charge as most people could not afford to pay.
“We are so grateful for the water being offered to us free of charge, it’s a good thing they have done because we really needed this. But we would like to see these services continuing even when there is no cholera, most people here can’t manage to pay for water and rely on water from shallow wells,” Mr. Kaunda said.
Another resident, Mwitwa Katebe, observed that if people of Kanyama had access to clean water throughout the year, issues of cholera outbreak would be avoided.
Mr Katebe noted that poor drinking water was one of the major causes of cholera in the area.
“Poor drinking water is the major cause of cholera in Kanyama and if people had clean water in their homes, we wouldn’t have been talking about cholera.
“Certain diseases can be preventable, we have been crying for clean water for so many years and nobody would hear us out, but now that there is an outbreak that’s when they have realized how much we need water,” he said.