WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
14TH OCTOBER, 2019
PRESS STATEMENT ON THE SUSPECTED CONTAMINATION OF BOREHOLES AND SHALLOW WELL IN GARDEN PARK (GARDEN HOUSE AREA) IN LUSAKA WEST
WARMA would like to inform the general public that the Authority has done preliminary investigations on the recent suspected contamination of the water in the boreholes and shallow wells in a certain parts of Garden Park (Garden House Area) in Lusaka West.
After an on-sight survey of the area was done by the WARMA investigation team, the specific zone that was affected was isolated to establish the extent of the problem and it was discovered that the water from the boreholes was sky blue in colour, but had no smell. The affected area is within Garden House and is localized within a boundary of about 500m in extent.
Furthermore, the Authority carried-out preliminary on-site tests and the results indicated that the sky-blue color in the water cleared upon the addition of Chlorine, which is a bleaching agent. The disappearance of the sky-blue color after addition of chlorine is an indication that there is high probability of dyes in the water.
WARMA would like assure the general public that key parameters of the said water is in compliance with the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) standards and within allowable limit for Drinking Water despite the coloration, as evidenced by no indication of hazardous reports to human health from the area as a result of consuming the said water.
WARMA is further collaborating with the Department of Water Resources Development (DWRD) and Ministry of Health to further investigate the actual
source of the sky-blue colour in the affected water by using a fluorimeter and contouring of the landscape to detect the possible source of the sky-blue color in the water. The public will be advised accordingly in due course.
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Issued by: Joshua C. Kapila
Public relations Officer