Lusaka’s Kamwala township residents have continued to live without tap water following the damaged water pipe which was ripped by contractors working on the roads in the area.
A check by Daily nation yesterday found Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWS) personnel working on the water reticulation system.
Lusaka water and sewerage engineer Iyan Nakamunga who was at the site said there was no communication between contractors and Lusaka water and sewerage company which resulted in pipes being damaged.
“Contractors have been told to finish their construction quickly and that’s why the number of damaged pipes have increased right now. Another pipe in Soweto market is damaged,” he said. Mr Nakamunga complained about the lack of manpower and the rocky ground which he said would delay the installation of new pipes.
“With the help of Avic contractors, they will be able to restore the water hopefully by tomorrow,” he said. A Kamwala resident Anita Sikasote said the LWSC was not serious a utility company because they went on holiday despite knowing there was an emergency in her area.
“We have stayed for one week without water. We have been fetching water from unsafe source. These people from Lusaka water sewerage showed up late,” she said.
Ms Sikosote said there was no communication between the two parties because when the LWS contractors showed up, they didn’t have an idea where the broken pipe system was.