THE Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) has dispelled rumours that the water shortage which hit some parts of the city three days ago was caused by massive load shedding.

LWSC public relations manager Topsy Sikalinda said stories that where published in some sections of the media suggesting that the water shortage was due to power failure was not true.

Mr Sikalinda revealed that the company carried a normal maintenance operation in some parts of the city.

He said the company decided to carry out maintenance in order to improve the water challenges that some parts of the city were experiencing.

“We carried a normal maintenance exercise in some parts of the city and we finished the works at mid night and some members of the media were invited to be with us on the site we were working from,” he said.

Mr Sikalinda said the company would continue to up date the members of general public if there was any problem.

He said the water utility company had completed with the maintenance exercise and normal water supply had been restored in all the townships.

Mr Sikalinda said there was no sign that the situation was to get worse in few months to come and that the situation was likely to improve

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  1. Zambia is drifting from Bad to Worse, under a visionless tourist beach loving President.
    That’s the mediocrity Zambian’s have chosen for themselves.
    Enjoy!!

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  2. If what this LWSC Cadre is saying is true then he (Topsy) must be fired with immediate effect for incompetence.
    If the operation was a scheduled “normal maintenance” operation, why did they not inform the clients? Do they know the implication of such an extended water outage both in terms of loss of revenue to businesses (companies) and health to residential clients?
    This not excusable and it sis not funny.

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  3. We have really come away with the worst of UNIP tactics from the 70s of glossing over the truth in the hope that it will all go away. Listen here, if you had normal scheduled maintenance, why did it cause that bewilderment on your own clients who should have known better? Which sections of the media were ‘misinformed’ by your clients? This is pathetic especially that it is being tolerated in the 21st Century. Just as shoddy as the load shedding reasons themselves have been (blame it on nature, and not on incompetence), so is everything else in Zambia. We pick either what is statutory but has not been followed, or we pull acts of God into the picture, even when they did not happen! What a country! Pathetic!

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  4. Did LWSC inform customers about the maintenance? Can companies begin to treat their customers who pay their salaries with respect and consideration. The staff can learn a thing or two about Customer Service.

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  5. What school has this Topsy turvy been to. A properly learnt person wouldn’t allow himself to be a laughing stock.
    A “planned operation” gives time for preparedness , a time frame, etc.
    These jobs should not be for cadres.

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