A WATER crisis has hit Lusaka’s Libala South after a road contractor working in the area damaged a major water pipe feeding the township.
Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) public relations manager Topsy Sikalinda confirmed this to the Daily Nation in an interview yesterday.
Mr. Sikalinda disclosed that on Thursday, a contractor ripped some water pipes, sending high pressure water gushing out and leaving residents in the area without water.
“Libala South has had no water from Thursday; we only learnt about it yesterday. A contractor working on the roads ripped some pipes,” Mr. Sikalinda said.
He, however, said that the rest of the city was not affected by the damage.
“We would like to announce that this damage has not affected other parts of Lusaka, we are operating 100 percent normally. It’s only in Libala South which is affected,” he said.
Mr. Sikalinda warned all contractors working on roads in Lusaka to consult the water utility before moving to a site or risk being fined.
He noted that it was important that contractors sought guidelines from LWSC on where the water pipe lines were before carrying out any road works to avoid similar incidents.
“We would like to warn all contractors, this country is governed by laws and people should follow the laws before moving on site. We expect them to get in touch with us so that we can share the map where our pipes are.
“This is very unfair to the community that people have to be kept for two days without water,” he said.
Mr. Sikalinda urged residents in Libala to remain calm as the engineers were already on the ground doing the repairs and water was expected to be restored soon.