Lusaka Mayor Miles Sampa has with immediate effect summoned the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) authorities for a meeting at his Office on Monday.
The impromptu meeting follows complaints by a cross section of Lusaka residents that they have been consuming contaminated water and which he has confirmed to be true.
Concerned residents in residential areas such as Mutendere, Nyumba Yanga, Kabulonga and Ibex Hill yesterday complained of contaminated water .
On Friday, Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) urged the water utility company to be more responsive to public claims of possible water contamination.
Purpose both LWSC Managing Director Jonathan Kampata and his Public Relations Manager Patson Phiri according to media reports yesterday dismissed the allegation saying despite the contamination happening, briefly, the situation is under control.
However, Mr. Sampa yesterday established the truth when , during his impromptu visit in Nyamba Yanga area yesterday morning , he discovered that the piped water was contaminated as it did not have chlorine, a chemical used for treatment of water.
Accompanied by Lusaka City Council Acting Director of Public Health Edgar Mulwanda and other council officials, the visibly annoyed Mayor said from his finding yesterday, LWCS is not economically telling the truth.
“I have therefore summoned LWSC Managing Director Jonathan Kampata and his engineers for a meeting on Monday, 7th January to tell us the truth. I have established that water the public are consuming is not chlorinated,” he said.
The Mayor and his entourage later visited year affected patient, Sharon Chirwa, who is admitted at CFB Medical centre receiving treatment.
At least four people are admitted at nearby hospitals namely Saint John and CFB Medical Centre respectively.
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