Zambian civic leader thanks Chinese firm for provision of clean water to rural community

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A civic leader in Chongwe, a town in Lusaka Province of Zambia on Tuesday described AVIC International Engineering Corporation as a true saviour by donating two boreholes to his area in October last year.

The two boreholes were sunk as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility after it completed the construction of 6.4 kilometres of bituminous roads in the district.

In an interview with the ward councillor of Manyika, Runner Shiyala said that the area usually had a number of water-borne diseases during the rainy season due to unsafe drinking water.

He noted that the case was not so in the just-ended rainy season because people now have clean water.

He said that the donated boreholes had changed the lives of the rural population who now had enhanced protection of health.

He said the people in the area used to draw water from shallow wells and open water points that were also accessed by livestock.

Shiyala appealed to the residents to guard the facilities. He said that vandalism and lack of maintenance must not be tolerated as the boreholes were a gift that must be treasured.

The traditional leadership in the area had put in place a team to manage and take care of the two boreholes. Enditem

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