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Water rationing start in Lusaka – LSWC

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Lusaka Water Supply and Sanitation Company (LWSC), Managing Director Jilly Chiyombwe, has announced the beginning of water rationing in Lusaka.

Chiyombwe says that water rationing is in view of the ongoing electricity supply constraints on water production and distribution facilities.

Addressing the media on Monday 13th May, 2024, Chiyombwe adds that Zambia inclusive has been negatively affected by the declining underground water levels, due to drought hence affecting ability to produce and sustain consistent water supply as required thereby affecting service delivery.

He further says the regular production capacity is approximately 330 million liters of water per day against a demand of 480 million, with 53 percent from surface water from Kafue River, and 47 percent from ground water sources through strategically positioned boreholes.

“Furthermore, in light of the anticipated impact of the drought on underground water levels, water rationing serves as a proactive mitigation measure to preserve, manage under ground water resources as well as to ensure fair distribution of water effectively”, he said.

Chiyombwe disclosed that the water utility company has since identified key areas of focus to navigate this period and to ensure sustainable water supply.

“LWSC has established a communication channel and is in constant engagement with the power utility company, ZESCO, over load management, hence critical facilities for the water utility company have been exempted from load shedding citing Lolanda 1 and 2 water treatment plants in Kafue, chilanga booster station, Libala water works, Stuart park reservoirs and the Lumumba Booster station among others key interventions”, he emphasized.

Chiyombwe notes that owing to the reduced water supply being experienced the water utility company has developed a water rationing schedule aligned to the ZESCO load management to ensure equitable distribution of water across all serviced areas.

The decision follows the ongoing loadsheding management by ZESCO Limited the power utility company and impacts of drought affecting Southern African in general, Zambia inclusive, and its effects on underground water sources. Black Afro Media

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