Solwezi Municipal Council Mayor, Emmanuel Chihili, has bemoaned lack of a central sewer system in the district.
Mr Chihili said households in the district depend on septic tanks which pause a danger to the provision of safe and clean drinking water to the people in future.
He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of nine Northwestern Water and Sewerage Company (NWWSC) held at Royal Solwezi hotel yesterday.
Mr Chihili observed that the water level in the district was high, adding that this can cause contamination of under-ground water due to the effluent from the septic tanks.
“There is need to look into the urgent provision of a central sewer system,” he said.
Mr Chihili also said the council shall continue ensuring that the allocation of plots was done accordingly to avoid structures being built on water service lines and pledged to enforce the standard of water service provision.
He said plots shall not be allocated to people within 50 to 100 meters within the installation of water facilities and appealed to people encroaching near rivers and water treatment areas to stop as the exercise causes a danger to water.
Mr Chihili, however, commended NWWSC for its continued supply of clean water to people in the province, saying most households have access to water 24 hours service despite the challenges that have befallen the water utility company due to economic boom.