Residents in some parts of Kasungu have expressed discontent with recurring water problems.
One of the residents who has been affected by the water scarcity, Chikondi Chambalika, who resides at Maplot, said it has not been easy for them to get water.
“It is difficult for us to find enough water, walk for a long distance to get to the water kiosks, boreholes and other sources. We spend much time which could have been used for other purposes,” said Chambalika.
Residents in Kasalika, Kapalankhwazi and Maplot, among other areas, have complained of going for days and some even weeks without water supply.
Commenting on the issue, Central Region Water Board (CRWB) Kasungu Zone manager Moses Kalenga said the current power blackouts have affected the board’s pumping capacity.
“For Kasungu to have water it relies on electricity which means no power no water, and the alternative is to use a generator which if it runs the whole day it consumes diesel worth K1 million,” he said.
Meanwhile, CRWB has pleaded with Kasungu consumers to use water sparingly and that they should report if there is no water supply up to 48 hours. n