The National Water Supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) says the alleged contamination of water with an acid solution in Mufulira on the Copperbelt could not have been the cause of lower abdominal pains and vomiting among some residents there.
NWASCO Public Relations Officer Katendi Wandi said this in a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today.
Ms. Wandi said following media reports of water contamination, NWASCO carried out investigations which revealed that while underground water was contaminated, the acid contamination dropped to levels not harmful to humans after treatment.
She said the investigation revealed that the reported cases of illness after taking the alleged contaminated water were localised and sporadic within Kantanshi casting a doubt as to whether the complaints of abdominal pains may have been caused by the water.
Ms. Wandi further said it was revealed that no other cases were reported in areas supplied by the same water plant in Mufulira or in areas closest to the plant where the contamination levels could have been higher.
She has called on health authorities to investigate the matter to ascertain the cause.
On Wednesday last week, about 756 people in Mufulira’s Kantanshi township drunk tap water alleged to have been contaminated with sulphuric acid from Mopani Copper Mine and suffered abdominal pains and vomiting.