The Lusaka Water Supply and Sewerage Company has disclosed that there was what it terms as “instantaneously contamination” of water in Nyumbayanga, including two places namely, Napsa Complex and Malata, as well as some parts of Ibex Hill.
Company Managing Director Engineer Jonathan Kampata told a media briefing in Lusaka that the contamination was instantaneous, implying that it occurred at a short period.
Some online media reports have suggested that water being produced by the Lusaka Water Supply and Sewerage Company has been contaminated but Engineer Kampata indicates that on the contrary, findings in the ongoing investigations have so far revealed that the water at its source is not contaminated.
“The reported cases are emanating from some households that were being affected by stomach pains and diarrhoea and so the first suspicion was water. We went to those areas Nyumba Yanga including a place called Napsa complex, an area called Malata which is opposite Chibelo Primary school and some parts of ibex hill]. The areas are serviced by two boreholes of the Lusaka water supply and sewerage company. If the contamination was continuous, it means that it would have been there up to this time, “he explained.
He has however pointed out that although investigations are underway, they are suspecting that the contamination might have come from a broken line.
Engineer Kampata says as a precaution measure they have increased chlorination to 2 milligrams per litre in the two bores which are in the areas.
Meanwhile, Engineer Kampata says the water utility firm is using a multi-sectoral approach to respond to the matter and that they are working with the National Water Supply and Sanitation Council, the Lusaka city council, the Ministry of Health as well as the Zambia Institute for Public Health.
He explained that they will undertake an intensive leaked detection in order to establish the cause of the problem in the said areas.
“Our surveillance is intensive to ensure that we supply clean and safe drinking water, “engineer Kampata assured.
The Managing Director reiterates that investigations are ongoing and more information will be unveiled in due course further re-assuring that the water they are supplying is safe for human consumption.