By Nation Reporter
THE Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) has shut down the Chongwe water treatment plant with immediate effect due to the Chongwe River running dry.
LWSC public relations Manager Topsy Sikalinda said the company’s interim managing director Mr Manuel Mutale had said that measures have been put in place to immediately start transporting water by road from Lusaka into Chongwe until the rainy season.
He said the utility was working closely with the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) under the office of the Vice President to deal with the crisis. Mr. Mutale said that the effects of global warming were real and the utility has already put in place measures to mitigate the situation in the long term by drilling boreholes about 11 kilometers away from Chongwe town.
‘‘This project is underway and once logistics are all in place, the well field will be done to mitigate the dry seasons in Chongwe district.
As you may be aware Chongwe town does not have ground water, hence it’s a challenge to drill boreholes in Chongwe town.Mr Mutale has urged the community to show responsibility by conserving water during the dry season in order to ease the pressure of increased demand during this time of the year.