RESIDENTS of Zambia compound in Solwezi have called on relevant authorities to consider proving them clean and safe drinking water.
They complained that the area did not have any piped water, hence people were forced to drink unsafe water from a nearby stream and shallow wells dotted around the compound.
And Sharon Kalelemba, 59, explained that the water the people were subjected to in the area was not safe and that the wells were not only shallow but also open, making them vulnerable to contamination.
“Our lives are at stake, anything can happen because the wells are open and unsafe,” she said.
Another resident Edmond Shikamo appealed to the local authority to consider putting up boreholes in the area.
“Water is a basic need which you can’t do without, that is why we are appealing to the relevant authorities to come to our aid,” he said.
Meanwhile, pupils at Chamuta Primary School in the same area were being forced to run to their homes for drinking water.
School head teacher Mary Selwa told the Daily Nation that from the time the school was opened in 2001 with a total population of 1,600 pupils it had no running water.