NWASCO institutes investigations on reported water contamination in Lusaka
By Staff Reporter
The National Water Supply and Sanitation Council says following reports of water contamination in Nyumba Yanga , Malata and parts of Ibex Hill, it has commenced investigations in the affected areas.
Public relations and communication manager Mpunga Simukwai said NWASCO was committed to ensuring that the citizens had access to affordable, clean and safe water.
Simukwai said it was a license condition that all service providers supply clean and safe water to their customers, through regular treatment of water according to the ZABS drinking water standards.
“To ensure compliance to the national standards by the service providers, NWASCO has issued water quality monitoring guidelines which among others, require each utility to have a surveillance programme in place. NWASCO further conducts random verifications of the quality of water being supplied,” said Simukwai.
She said apart from the annual inspections carried out on all the eleven utilities under its mandate, NWASCO had been conducting random testing of water in all parts of the Lusaka City as part of its routine activities.
“However, following the reports of contamination, water quality testing has been intensified and investigations are ongoing to ascertain the source of the contamination in the reported areas. Some investigations are being done in collaboration with line ministries such as the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection, Ministry of Health and key institutions such as WARMA,” he said
Simukwai said NWASCO had since directed the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company to increase the dosage of disinfectants (chlorine) and intensify surveillance in all parts of Lusaka as well as keeping their customers informed on the developments.