Water crisis hits Chinsali district

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A serious water crisis has hit Chinsali district in Muchinga Province, forcing residents to draw water from rivers and unprotected wells.

Some residents talked by ZANIS yesterday morning complained that the water blues which started last week Friday have entered day four.

The residents lamented that the current situation has left them with no choice but to draw water from unprotected water sources.

When contacted for a comment Chambeshi Water and Sewerage Company Manager Jonathan Singu, said the water crisis has been caused by a damaged pump at the treatment plant.

Mr Singu said they utility company is doing everything possible to rectify the problem, adding that a new pump has since been installed.

He added that he is hopeful that the water crisis will be handled before the end of the day and supply to the residents will also follow immediately.

The Manager revealed that the utility company has combined efforts with China Gansu, a company engaged to construct the new water reticulation system in the district, to ensure that the situation is normalized as soon as possible.

Mr Singu further added that the company has further made plans to procure a spare pump to avoid a similar occurrence in future.

Meanwhile, Chinsali district Mayor Thomas Mutale, has called for calm among residents as the water crisis is being addressed by the utility company.

Mr Mutale said government is aware of the water challenges that the district has been facing, saying this is the reason why the authority is constructing a new water reticulation system, to improve water supply in the district.

He said once the project is complete, water challenges in the district will be a thing of the past.

Mr Mutale also disclosed that the contractor China Gansu working on the water reticulation system has been fully paid to finish all the remaining works, and will hand over the project by December this year.