Over 3,000 households in Lusaka hit by a critical water shortage

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Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company
Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company
Over 3,000 households in Lusaka’s Emmasdale Township have been affected by a critical water shortage.

Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) Spokesperson Patson Phiri says the problem has been instigated by a resident who built his house on the main water pipe.

Mr. Phiri explained that due to the pressure exerted by the house the water pipe burst in the morning yesterday, hence affecting the supply of water to the entire township.

He told ZANIS that the company had to isolate the particular line which resulted in the entire community not having water supply.

“The problem will take long to be rectified because we cannot break the house built on our pipe that is not our mandate .The same house is along Vubwi Road and we are worried that thousands of our clients will have no water supply,” explained Mr. Phiri.

The LWSC spokesperson lamented that the situation is desperate since it has happened at the time when all relevant authorities have shouldered the responsibility of fighting the cholera outbreak in the city.

Mr. Phiri pointed out that the water utility company has engaged the owner of the house to compensate the company so that the funds are channeled to the diversion of the main water pipe.

“We are in talks with the owner of the house to pay the company since he has damaged our property and will use the same money to relocate the water pipe so that our clients have water,” he said.

He further urged members of the public to follow laid down procedures when acquiring land to avoid constructing on the water pipe lines.

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14 COMMENTS

    • Good excuse for incompetence and not providing water…. why are there water shotages in other parts of Lusaka? Parts of Rhodespark and Fairview have had no water for 3 days now, did someone build on the pipe?

      For the whole of Sept and Oct, most parts of Lusaka had no water and this is why Cholera started early this year. LWSC is just useless, this company should be sold!!

      LWSC knows that they are unreliable and useless such that they are not even connected to their water own water, I was shocked to find that they use a borehole at their offices.

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    • Kikikiki, indeed laughable.
      Is that on of the houses Kambwili talk about? What a mess in PF.
      I will go build my house at Lusaka Airport runway.

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    • Yes yes yes, really laughable. Some stupid CATS signed on the documents to go ahead with construction, those need to be just fired even demotion can work.

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  1. “Patson Phiri says the problem has been instigated by a resident who built his house on the main water pipe.” Very laughable indeed. Doesnt the council have engineers who approve plans and who could have spotted “the main water pipe”? Zambia nayo yayi mwe

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    • The council does not approve anything nowadays, its chipantepante everywhere. No wonder LWSC has the audacity to be so rhetoric in their response to the serious shortage of water in Lusaka. I wonder what we are waiting for to have this country auctioned because we have lamentably failed in all sectors.

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  2. Don’t leave out council in this case,they are careless and thieves at the same time,,tel that carder to vacate the land why should selfish and ignorant individuals put the lives of thousands of people at risk of getting cholera because they are lucking water…G..of…R..Z.

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  3. Yaba Zambia ati land surveys. Shame some of us applied for these jobs just render our services to our country awe sure still waiting. Thank God i didn’t hear anything from the ministry otherwise they will do what they did to Pro Chirwa.

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  4. Let the water utility firm fix the problem asap.Residents have suffered a lot.The firm takes too long to fix broken pipes regardless of the Job card and the system needs complete overhall.The era of using asbestos pipes is long gone.

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  5. Well, what do you expect it so-called ‘thieves’ can steal a Laptop from a Police station at will, anybody in Zambia today can build a structure/house even in state house grounds. We are indeed in trouble with these Malawian under fives…

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  6. Zambia is a failed state. No system is working.

    Just sell the country to the Chinese. Such a small population failing to manage it’s own affairs sure!!!

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  7. 1. The council was sleeping when someone was constructing a house on their water pipe.
    2. This person should be very powerful such that the entire council has grown cold feet. If it was in Garden compound the house could have been brought down by now.
    3. I suspect the owner of this house is a top Government official or a senior PF cadre.
    4. This Person will not pay the council in the shortest period of time. Therefore the affected residents should find other alternatives.

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