ARTHUR MWANSA, Lusaka
LUSAKA Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) says it will spend about US$21 million on improving the water production and supply capacity in various townships in Lusaka.
LWSC spokesperson Nshamba Muzungu said this involves the installation of the water distribution network in Vorna Valley and Ndeke Village townships.
Mr Muzungu said the installation of the distribution network in the two areas has been completed and supply of water to residents will start next month.
He also said other projects under the Lusaka Water Supply, Sanitation and Drainage (LWSSD) contract include the drilling of boreholes and supply water to a radius of about 250 kilometres in Kamanga, SOS Village, Chipata, Ngombe, Kwamwena and Mtendere townships in Lusaka.
“We have also done the water tank in Ndeke which has the capacity of holding 7.5 million cubic litres of water per day. By July this year, we are going to start supplying water to residents in Vorna Valley and Ndeke Village,” Mr Muzungu said in an interview yesterday.
Mr Muzungu said the biggest challenge the water utility is currently experiencing is increased demand for the commodity.
“We have increased demand, but we do not have the capacity to supply water to satisfy our customers. This is the reason why Government, through the LWSC and other stakeholders, decided to invest in the water and sanitation infrastructure,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Muzungu said following the recent outbreak of typhoid in Kalingalinga township, LWSC embarked on the distribution of chlorine at all water kiosks and communal taps to prevent future outbreaks of the disease.