THE Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) has called on its customers to conserve water in the wake of a substantial drop in water production from its borehole sources which account for 60 percent of the water supplied by the company to Lusaka City.
In a statement, LWSC interim managing director Manuel Mutale disclosed that some of the water utility’s boreholes have dried up and that water levels had significantly dropped in others to a level where the company was forced to switch them off for some hours in order to allow for recharge.
Mr. Mutale said that this situation coupled with load shedding would make the distribution of water challenging and consequently reduce the water supply hours in most parts of the city.
He said that the utility company would continue with the water rationing programme which was instituted in the second half of 2015 in order to ensure equitable distribution of water to all its customers.
Mr Mutale urged customers to also show responsibility by conserving water during the dry season in order to ease the pressure of increased demand during this period of the year.
“Some of the water utility’s boreholes have dried up and the water levels have significantly dropped in others to a level where the company is forced to switch them off for some hours in order to allow for recharge.
‘‘This situation coupled with load shedding would make the distribution of water challenging and we will continue with the water rationing programme which means that there will be reduced supply hours of water,” he said.
Mr Mutale said that the utility company was equally concerned with the erratic supply of water both from a service delivery and commercial point of view.
He assured that they would continue making efforts to improve the situation so that there could be more stability and predictability of service delivery to its customers.
“Water rationing was instituted in view of the reduced water production capacity. The level of water production for Lusaka City reduced from an average of 258,000m3/day in 2014, to a little over 190,000m3/day in 2016, representing over 25 percent reduction in water production, mainly on account of power load shedding and low yield on the 125 ground water sources spread around the city,” said Mr Mutale.
He said that the company was confident that the many interventions put in place through several projects currently underway in the city would yield desired results to turn around the current situation.