17 February 2010

Zambia: Ipusukilo Residents Won't Budge

KITWE's Ipusukilo Township residents have resisted authorities' attempts to bury shallow wells in the township to prevent further outbreaks of cholera, saying they have no alternative source of water.

Ipusukilo Resident Development Committee (RDC) chairperson, Teddy Mulenga said in an interview yesterday that the residents had, however, welcomed a decision to erect communal taps to increase access to clean water for the residents.

Mr Mulenga said the RDC embarked on a programme to bury shallow wells to address the cholera situation in the township that had been attributed to contaminated water drawn from the shallow wells.

He, however, said when the RDC commenced the exercise of burying the wells, some residents protested against the move, citing the lack of other sources of water.

Mr Mulenga said based on this argument, it was agreed during a meeting held in Ipusukilo at the weekend that communal taps be erected.

He said the meeting had representation from each zone of the township and the residents resolved that the communal taps would be put up using constituency development funds.

The committee had identified areas in which communal taps would be erected.

Mr Mulenga said the residents had resorted to drawing water from shallow wells because communal taps were few and far apart.

He said the committee was working closely with Kitwe District Health Management Team in ensuring that they added chlorine and lime in the wells.

Mr Mulenga said residents were being sensitised on the matter and encouraged those who were able to put up their own taps to do so with the help of the committee.

The committee would assist residents who were able to erect their own taps by recommending them to Nkana Water and Sewerage Company.

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