The Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company has advised its customers in areas that have been affected by water contamination to empty the water tanks before refilling them.
Company Marketing and Public Relations Manager Patson Phiri said the contaminated water if not removed risks contaminating the fresh water being pumped currently.
Mr. Phiri assured that using a comprehensive leak detection system, the company is investigating the contamination to ensure that it traces the exact point where the contamination took place.
He said when the leak detection results are out, the nation will be informed on what caused the contamination and how it is being addressed.
Mr. Phiri has since urged Lusaka residents to report the leaks as quickly as they are spotted to avoid such incidents in future.
“Even though we have not yet established the points of contamination and the causes in Nyumba Yanga, Malata and Ibex Hill, residents in Lusaka before embarking on any works should acquire permits from the Lusaka City Council to avoid damaging the water supply infrastructure”, He said.
Meanwhile, Consumer Unity and Trust Society Center Cordinator Chenai Mukumba has urged the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company to expedite investigations on the matter as there have already been reports of people suffering from diarrhoea diseases as a result of consuming contaminated Water.
Ms. Mukumba has also urged the water utility firm to be more responsive to all claims concerning potential water contamination.
In a statement issued to the media, Ms. Mukumba said consumers must also heed the call by the Water Utility company and empty their tanks before refilling them with fresh water.