Chambeshi water meets 7-day ultimatum

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CHAMBESHI Water and Sewerage Company Mpulungu District Manager Charles Phiri second (left) explains how his company has been failing to supply adequate water to Mpulungu Township residents due to the breaking down of water pipes by a road construction China Geo South Africa company.

Chambeshi Water and Sewerage Company in Chinsali district of Muchinga Province has met the seven day ultimatum given by the government to improve water supply to the residents.

The water utility company has also improved security and cleanliness of the main water treatment plant.

Making an inspection this morning, at an expiry of the 7-day ultimatum given to the water utility company to improve on the water supply and the cleanliness of the water plant, Muchinga Permanent Secretary Jobbicks Kalumba said he is happy with works done at the main water treatment plant.

Dr. Kalumba also said he is happy with the initiative taken by Chambeshi water and Sewerage Company to start pumping water from the new dam.

Dr. Kalumba who was accompanied by Chinsali District Commissioner Maximo Chitambi, warned that he will not tolerate inertia in the delivery of services to the public.

The Provincial Permanent Secretary said he wants to see action oriented officers in all the departments who are equal to the task in the execution of their duties.

And Chambeshi Water and Sewerage Company Chinsali district Manager, Jonathan Singu said his company has made great improvements towards water supply to the residents.

Mr. Singu also disclosed that the contractor, China Gansu engaged to do a new water reticulation system in the district, has allowed them to connect to the new water plant.

He said his company is doing various works that include painting, fencing of the main plant and general cleaning of the surrounding, among other works.

Last week on Tuesday, Muchinga Province Minister Malozo Sichone gave Chambeshi Water and Sewerage Company a-one-week ultimatum in which to improve the water supply to the residents in the area.

Speaking in Chinsali District when he paid an impromptu visit to the water treatment plant, Mr Sichone said Chambeshi Water and Sewerage Company must increase the hours of supplying water to the residents.

Mr. Sichone said supplying water to the residents for only one hour a day is not good and will not be tolerated.

He added that supplying water to the residents for only one hour in a day possess a great risk especially this time around when some parts of the country have recorded an outbreak of Cholera.

The Provincial Minister who was accompanied by the Provincial Permanent Secretary Dr. Jobbicks Kalumba and Provincial heads of government departments, said he will not allow the water utility company to continue giving poor services to the residents.

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  1. Why is it that people only work when given ultimatum? I see city council at lunch time in town return to work at 6 hrs so you wonder : What work are they going to do in the remaining 30minutes and what has happened to people seeking service during the time the workers were at their extended lunch?

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