FUNDING has been put in place to address the water problem in Lusaka’s Bauleni Township, Lusaka province Minister Mulenga Sata has said.
Mr. Sata was reacting to complaints by residents over the closure of some boreholes in the area which they said had caused a water crisis for over a month now.
Recently, the Ministry of Health closed some boreholes in Bauleni following the outbreak of Cholera in the area.
The residents lamented that the move by government to close some boreholes had brought them misery as they had to scramble and walk long distances to access water. They implored government to look into the issue as soon as possible, stating that water was one of the most important basic commodities people could do without.
But Mr. Sata said government was aware of the situation in the Township.
“The problem is to do with the contamination of boreholes that has been put up by the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC). As you are aware, all the water in Bauleni is supplied from boreholes,” Mr. Sata said.
He assured the residents that the water challenge would soon be a thing of the past, as funds had already been put in place to address the situation.
Mr. Sata told the Daily Nation in an interview that a directive had already been given to LWSC to clean the boreholes and provide more water tankers to the affected area.
“LWSC has been working on this situation; all these challenges will be a thing of the past very soon. The water utility has also been directed to put up more water tankers in the area,” he said.
Mr. Sata further stated that efforts had been made through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) to supply water during this period.