ZIMBA ward councillor Webby Kabamba has urged the Southern Water and Sewerage Company to extend its services to other peri-urban areas in the district.
In an interview, Kabamba said it does not make sense for Zimba to be a district yet people had no access to clean water.
“I’m urging SWASCO to extend its services to other peri-urban areas in the district because Zimba now is a district and residential areas as well as the population has grown,” Kabamba said.
He said there was need for the utility’s services to respond to the growing population and demand for clean water.
Kabamba disclosed that newly created residential areas like Namadula and Treasure were densely populated and shared water with livestock.
But SWASCO managing director Charles Nshindaile said his company sourced funds from government and was currently working on Sianankanga dam, which was the only water source in the area.
Nshindaile said the works at the dam was aimed at restoring capacity and that the Zambia National Service (ZNS) was already at the site.
“We are aware of some residential areas in Zimba that need water and we are trying our best to meet the demand. We are raising the spill over till at Sianankanga dam to strengthen it so that it can take the required pressure. The project is scheduled to last in six months time,” said Shindaile.