Nkana Water and Sewerage Company has insisted that the murky looking water supplied to the Copperbelt University in Kitwe is still safe for consumption.
In a statement, Company Spokesman Brian Saluseki confirmed that a team comprising Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) officers together with engineers from the firm carried out inspections at CBU to ascertain the quality of water at the institution.
“This Inspection was necessitated by complaints about the quality of water that was being supplied to CBU. The inspection revealed that the water had lost its transparency due to the presence of suspended particles and the total suspended solids in the water was high thus making the water appear murky,” Mr Saluseki said.
“In an effort to establish the reason behind the murky water, water samples were taken from various NWSC water treatment and distribution facilities including Riverside Distribution Centre, Bulangililo Treatment Plants, certain parts of CBU, among others,” he said.
Mr Saluseki said the results disclosed that the areas that were sampled have transparent water and that the water is safe for consumption.
He explained that the murky water was subjected to laboratory tests and the results showed the water was safe for consumption.
“NWSC engineers are currently on the ground to check the water network and investigate the potential cause of the murky water. Currently NWSC has flushed the system at several points in and around CBU.”
He stated that the Copperbelt University Students Union has also been engaged over the situation and has been assured of the safety of the water.