THE Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) has suspended the selling of water at its communal taps and kiosks in five townships prone to cholera outbreaks.
The townships include Kanyama, Garden House, Makeni Villa, John Laing and Chibolya.
The decision by the water utility company is meant to avoid the spread of the water borne disease and allow people in the affected areas to access clean and safe water for free until the situation stabilised.
And Kanyama Ward 10 councillor Aggrey Masumo has thanked LWSC for the support rendered in his constituency such as the door-to-door sanitation awareness campaign especially where hygiene and hand-washing were being promoted.
He has also thanked the company for increasing chlorine dosages for water that was supplied by water trusts in peri-urban areas.
LWSC public relations officer, Nshamba Muzungu said the spread of waterborne diseases in peri-urban areas could be attributed to lack of adequate sanitation services, use of water from shallow wells and private boreholes supplying untreated water.
“The water supplied by LWSC is safe and clean because it goes through the standard treatment process before it is supplied to the residents of Lusaka,” he said.
Mr Muzungu appealed to all those that have not connected their households to the LWSC water supply line to do so, so that they could also enjoy benefits of clean and safe drinking water and avoid contracting cholera.