SWASCO waters police camp

NANCY MWAPE, Livingstone
SOUTHERN Water and Sewerage Company (SWASCO) has spent K849,000 to improve and rehabilitate sewer network in Livingstone’s central police camp, which had collapsed, posing a health hazard to residents.
Touring the rehabilitated sewer network on Thursday, SWASCO managing director Charles Shindaile said the utility is keen on improving sanitation and eliminating diseases associated with sewer spillage.
Mr Shindaile commended National Water Supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) for allowing the utility to introduce a sanitation charge of 2.5 percent which is being levied on customers to improve sanitation.
He said 135 manholes catering for 601 houses have been rehabilitated in the area.
“There is sanity in the camp and, I must say, the project was 100 percent executed. we feel our people are now safe from water-borne diseases. Police officers are an important stakeholder in terms of security of our country,” he said.
Livingstone police officer commanding Timothy Kazhinakazhi thanked SWASCO for coming to the aid of the police by rehabilitating the sewer network, which had collapsed for a long time.
“The police high command was not sitting idle, but the bill to work on this project was too huge amounting to over K700,000,” he said.
Mr Kazhinakazhi said police is a big stakeholder in Livingstone adding that security operations would be negatively affected in the tourist city if police officers are overwhelmed by sickness.
He directed the police camp commander to ensure that households observe hygiene and guard the infrastructure jealously.
A resident, Monday Kamwandi, praised SWASCO for repairing the sewerage system in the camp.
“I still cannot believe that we are now free from sewerage pollution and discharge that was running right in front of our kitchen doors,” he said.
And Livingstone mayor Eugene Mapuwo called on SWASCO to extend their services to other townships in the city which are facing similar challenges.

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