By JACKSON MAPAPAYI
SOLWEZI Municipal Council should drill boreholes in Kibobe area in Kapijimpanga ward in order to resolve water challenges, residents have suggested.
The residents told the Daily Nation in an interview yesterday that the rea had continued experiencing water challenges.
One of the residents, Ms Mable Mukata, said residents depended on one borehole at Kimale Primary School.
‘’Here in this community we don’t have any single borehole, so, our only source of water is Kimale primary where are told to pay about K1 per 20 litre container. Some people are failing to access the commodity because they do not have money,’’ she said.
Ireen Kabemba, also a resident, said that some residents had opted to draw water from Kifubwa stream because of the long distance to Kimale Primary School coupled with the cost attached to accessing the commodity. Ms Kabemba said there was need for the local authority to quickly look into the matter and establish more water points.
‘’The water we are getting from the Kifubwa stream may not be safe for drinking especially that a number of people here have no access to chlorine. So, we are appealing to the council consider drilling some boreholes here,’’ she added. Brian Makumba wondered why Kimale school management was demanding K1 per 20 litre container when the borehole at the school was the only water point in the area.
And Catherine Muluka echoed the similar sentiments and called on the Kimale school management to reconsider a charge on water.
But Kimale school deputy head-teacher, Bright Kamangala, said the money which the school management collected was meant for the maintenance of the borehole. Efforts to contact Solwezi Municipal council Assistant Public Relations Manager Esther Chirwa proved futile by press time.