Lusaka taps run dry

LUSAKA residents have welcomed 2017 with taps which have been dry for two days.
Areas affected are parts of Chilenje South, Libala, Northmead, Emmasdale, Kabulonga, Woodlands and Munali.
The affected residents have since expressed displeasure at Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) for failing to communicate the disruption in water supply.
LWSC public relations manager Topsy Sikalinda explained that the water shortage was caused by power outage at the Kafue plant.
“The water shortage currently being experienced by about 47 percent of residents in Lusaka is due to power outage at our Kafue plant which occurred on Thursday. However, Zesco is on the ground. We will restore water supply as soon as Zesco completes works,” Mr Sikalinda said.
He said Mass Media and surrounding areas have water because of the boreholes.
“Other areas which have not been affected include industries which have full boreholes for production to continue. We have also diverted the system to make water available to sensitive areas such as University Teaching Hospital (UTH),” Mr Sikalinda said.
Zesco spokesperson Henry Kapata said lightning struck the plant on Thursday about 16:00 hours causing the power outage.
Mr Kapata said the company is working hard to ensure power is restored at the plant.
“Lightning struck the plant on Thursday, which resulted in power supply outage at the LWSC plant in Kafue. However, we are working to ensure that power is restored as soon as possible and water supply is normalised to the affected areas,” he said.

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