People draw water
People draw water

The Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) said it will intensify the rationing of water in the city in view of the reduced water production capacity in its reservoirs.

“The company will continue with the water rationing program, which was instituted in the second half of 2015, in order to ensure equitable distribution of water to all its customers. This means that there will be reduced supply hours of water,” Manuel Mutale, LWSC acting managing director said in a statement.

“The level of water production for Lusaka City reduced has reduced by over 25 from 2014 to 2016, mainly on account of power load shedding and low yield on the 125 ground water sources spread around the city,” he added.

The official stated that there was a substantial drop in water production from its borehole sources, which account for 60 percent of the water supplied by the company to the city.

Some boreholes have dried-up while water levels have significantly dropped in others to a level where the company was forced to switch them off for some hours in order to allow for recharge, Mutale said.

The situation, he added, coupled with power rationing, will make the distribution of water challenging and consequently reduce the water supply hours for most parts of the city. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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