Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo has described the lack of water in Chongwe District as a disaster.
Mr. Lusambo who is also Kabushi Member of Parliament said the water crisis needs to be addressed quickly to avoid an outbreak of waterborne disease.
He was speaking in Chongwe on Wednesday when he toured the Chongwe River in the company of area Member of Parliament Japhen Mwakalombe and Lusaka Province Deputy Permanent Secretary Frazier Musonda.
To mitigate the situation, Mr. Lusambo said Government has already started sending water bowsers to affected areas to cushion the water problem.
He said government will do everything possible to find a permanent solution to water problems in Chongwe.
Mr Lusambo said Chongwe River has completely dried up, a situation that has led to the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company to stop supplying water to the residents.
“After this fact finding mission, I can confirm that we have declared the situation a disaster. The situation requires urgent attention and as Government we have moved in to alleviate the sufferings of the people and livestock by putting up boreholes,” Mr Lusambo said.
He added, We have so far sunk 6 boreholes in Mwachiyeya village, 30 KMs from the main water reservoir. The contractor working on this project has done very well and they have so far covered 18KMs remaining with about 7 KMs into the water reservoir so that the people can start accessing normalized clean and safe water supply.”
He said as a short term measure, Government has started providing water bowsers to the residents of Chongwe because of the gravity of the situation.
“Going forward, we will need to dam the Chongwe River because the source of the river has suffered encroachments and some land owners in the area have started creating small artificial dams which are affecting the water reservoir,” Mr Lusambo said.