POOR water reticulation in Lusaka’s Chunga township in Matero constituency has angered residents who are now demanding for quick action from the authorities.
They described the water situation in the township as a nightmare, as the area has had no water for a long time.
One of the residents Lloyd Mugala noted that residents had now resorted to drilling boreholes and digging pit latrines to keep them going.
“The situation is terrible here; people now depend on pit latrines and boreholes, which are not safe. We have had this challenge for a long time and nothing has been done so far,” Mr. Mugala said.
Another resident Victoria Chisiza urged authorities to intervene and address the situation as soon as possible.
Ms. Chisiza accused the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) of having failed to solve the problem and suggested reputable companies must be engaged.
“Something must be done quickly; the Member of Parliament and councillors should quickly look into this issue; it’s high time they prioritize our needs by ensuring that they solve our problems.
“LWSC has failed to cope with the demands of the growing city. They should outsource companies to maintain these facilities, reputable companies should be engaged,” she said.
When contacted for a comment, Mwembeshi ward councillor Crispin Kabole said he was aware of the water situation in Chunga and had not turned a deaf ear to the residents’ cries.
Mr. Kabole said he was sourcing funds and would soon engage LWSC to address the issue.
“I have requested for K300, 000 from the Community Development Fund (CDF) and it was approved by the council. The money will be our contribution to LWSC so that they work on the issue of water; this problem has been there for some time and must be addressed,” Mr. Kabole said.