By Christopher Chisi
The supplying of water to Chongwe District using water bowsers is a drain on the resources of the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company, WaterAid Zambia has observed, saying it has the potential to impact negatively on other operations of the water utility firm.
WaterAid Zambia Country Director, Pamela Chisanga says this will be difficult for the water utility firm to either expand or service other need areas.
She has since proposed that authorities put in place clear guidelines with regards to which institutions must provide water to areas in a normal situation or when there is a crisis, as is the case with Chongwe District which is experiencing critical water shortages due to the drying up of the River in the area.
“When you have a situation of drought ,you cannot expect the Utility [Lusaka water and Sewerage Company] to deliver water free water. That mandate to do that [supplying water using bowers] must be moved to another agency or an institution that can provide free water,” Ms.Chisanga noted.
“When the Lusaka water and Sewerage Company starts supplying free water using bowers ,what that means is that whatever little money they are generating for other operations such as servicing other areas or expanding into new areas, they will not have those resources,” Ms.Chisanga noted.
The WaterAid Zambia Country Director has further observed that the country has for a long time struggled to clearly define the roles of different entities that are mandate to provide water and sanitation services.