COPPERBELT Minister Mwenya Musenge has advised water utility companies to address water shortages affecting most townships in the province to avoid waterborne diseases.
He said the continued shortage of the commodity had the potential of causing an outbreak of waterborne diseases, especially that the rainy season was about to start.
Mr Musenge appealed to all water utilities in the province to start giving updates on their projects and challenges they faced instead of leaving their customers without a clue about what was causing the erratic supply of water.
The minister said in Ndola yesterday that the water utilities should emulate Zesco which regularly updated its clients through advertisements even on load shedding.
Mr Musenge, who is Chimwemwe Member of Parliament, also expressed concern at the erratic water supply in his constituency in Kitwe, which he said was hindering development.
He appealed to Nkana Water and Sewerage Company to find a lasting solution to the water problems in his area.
He said the population in his constituency was growing and that the demand for water had increased.
The MP said the current population was more than 70,000.
"Nkana Water and Sewerage Company should work at the rate that the population is growing. There is a critical water shortage in the constituency," he said.
On the rampant illegal land allocation in the province, Mr Musenge said he intended to write to his counterparts at the ministries of Lands and Local Government to consider sending land auditors to the area.
He said the province was overwhelmed by complaints from members of the public on illegal land dealings perpetuated during the previous regime.
Mr Musenge said during the MMD Government, some councillors and council employees managed to award themselves massive pieces of land and thatsome chunks of land were sold without following proper procedure.